Rape suspect Noe Moran

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A suspected illegal alien is in custody today for allegedly trying to rape a 12-year-old girl he saw in a swimming pool.

Authorities say the suspect, 24-year-old Noe Lorenzo Moran, a native of Honduras, was working as a painter at Vero Beach’s Waterford Lakes when he targeted the child, who was swimming alone.

Police reports indicate Moran forced the girl against a wall, then removed her bikini bottoms and touched her.

The victim fought back and was able to get away from her assailant. She contacted authorities from a hospital she fled to, complaining of abdominal pains.

The girl then worked with police to catch her attacker, telephoning him.

Jana Eschbach

“In a taped phone call, he apologizes to the girl, says he’s sorry and sets up a meeting to make it up to her here, just a few blocks from her home,” said WPEC-TV reporter Jana Eschbach.

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office arrested Moran at a nearby convenience store, as the suspect thought he was going to meet the girl.

He’s charged with sexual battery and is being held on a $150,000 bail, with his arraignment slated for July 28.

“No matter how you feel about the immigration debate, one thing is certain,” noted Eschbach. “You cannot check out the background of a worker who has no documentation.”

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