Montgomery County Police recently arrested a man working as a day laborer on a sex offense charge, and detectives believe there may be other potential victims.
A woman hired two men as temporary laborers who were standing in front of the 7-11 on North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, police said. One of the men, Jose F. Campos-Gonzalez, 44, of Gaithersburg, came to the woman’s home to work. He encountered the woman’s six-year-old daughter in an upstairs room and allegedly sexually assaulted her.
Campos-Gonzalez left the home after completing the work he was hired to do and the girl alerted her mother to the alleged assault, police said.
Two days later, the department used information from the woman to conduct an investigation at the convenience store and identified Campos-Gonzalez as the suspect, police said. They got an address for him but did not find him. On March 28, Campos-Gonzalez was arrested at his home after the daughter positively identified him as the man who allegedly assaulted her, police said. He later admitted to the assault during questioning.
Campos-Gonzalez has been charged with one count of committing a third-degree sex offense. While his bond was initially set at $500, it was later raised to $100,000 and he remains incarcerated. A preliminary hearing is set for April 22.
Since Campos-Gonzalez frequented the store and accepted temporary employment offers as a laborer there, detectives believe there may be additional victims. Anyone who thinks they may have encountered Campos-Gonzalez should call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240.773.5400.
Police remind residents to supervise anyone in their home or yard whom they hire to complete work.
Email Scam Alert
The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) is alerting residents to a possible email scam involving fraudulent speed camera tickets after being alerted by law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania and California.
The email asks the recipient to click on a link that will result in malware/viruses being uploaded to the individual’s computer, police said. The department has received no local complaints about the emails and only sends out citations via U.S. mail.
If residents receive any communication from MCPD and wish to guarantee its authenticity, they are urged to call the department’s public information office at 240.773.5030.
Drug Take-Back Day Planned
Do you have some prescription drugs that are expired or you don’t need anymore? Bring them to the lobby of the Gaithersburg Police Department (GPD) at 14 Fulks Corner Ave. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on April 30 for the police department’s drug take-back event.
GPD will be accepting solid pharmaceuticals such as pills, capsules, patches and pet medications. They will not take syringes or liquids.
If you miss the event, don’t worry. The department has a drop box located in the lobby and it is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.