Puerto Rico official charged with assaulting minor

AP News
Posted: Apr 11, 2011 6:36 PM
Puerto Rico official charged with assaulting minor

The police commissioner in Puerto Rico's capital was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a minor and producing child pornography in a case that emerged after his teenage daughter accused him of molesting her.

Hilton Cordero was charged with one count of committing a lascivious act against a minor and three counts of producing child pornography. Neither charge involves his daughter. A judge ruled there was probable cause to arrest him and ordered bail set at $130,000.

Cordero asked to be temporarily relieved of his duties after his daughter's accusation became public.

Defense lawyer Mayra Lopez Mulero denounced the charges outside court and said prosecutors would not be able to prove their case.

The U.S. territory's Department of Justice provided few details about the charges.

The newspaper El Nuevo Dia reported that authorities seized Cordero's computer while investigating his daughter's accusations and allegedly found nude photos of a neighbor who was a minor at the time. The neighbor, now 19, allegedly sold him the photos, the paper said.