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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Area man charged with child molestation

  • A Waynesville man has been accused of molesting a child who is under the age of 14 multiple times.
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  • A Waynesville man has been accused of molesting a child who is under the age of 14 multiple times.
    Emmanuel C. Fajardo, 54, of Waynesville, has been charged with child molestation in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child after an extensive investigation that began in December regarding incidents that took place last fall.
    The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was contacted in December about a report of a child molestation that allegedly took place on Silver Lane in Waynesville.
    The victim told officers that she had “inappropriate contact” with Emmanuel Fajardo, her mother's boyfriend, according to court documents.
    Kids Harbor Too of St. Robert then conducted two child forensic interviews that took place in December and in March.
    The victim told investigators that she had been molested at least eight times by Fajardo, according to court documents. Fajardo allegedly would enter the child's bedroom at night and would inappropriately touch and kiss the victim.
    After the seventh time this happened, the victim told her mother of the incident, according to court documents. When the victim's mother confronted Fajardo, he denied it happening and then “cried like a baby.”
    The victim and her mother soon moved out of the residence, according to a probable cause statement.
    The victim's mother told detectives that after she was aware of the incident, she learned Fajardo had a “history of this behavior” and previous cases have been filed against him.
    The victim's mother stated that it was common for Fajardo to “check on the children” at night and she “never thought anything was going on” between Fajardo and her daughter, court documents state.
    While these incidents were allegedly going on, the victim told her mother she was having reoccurring nightmares about “the bearded man.”
    When police questioned Fajardo about the allegations made against him, he said the victim was just having dreams. Fajardo also told investigators that he loved the victim's mother and cared for her children as well.
    He explained that he believed that the father's role in the family was to provide and that he was taught “strong family values” growing up. He told police that he was a combat engineer for 20 years before retiring.
    During the investigation, detectives were notified that Fajardo had a previous allegation and conviction of sexually abusing a minor, according to court documents.
    In 1999, when Fajardo was a soldier on Fort Leonard Wood, he was investigated for molesting his child by Fort Leonard Wood Criminal Investigation Division. In a summary court martial, he was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child.
    Fajardo is currently in Pulaski County Jail with a $500,000 bond. He is to appear in court Tuesday, April 1.

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