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Sunnyvale man arrested in connection with decades-old molestation case

Mountain View investigators are asking for additional victims and witnesses to step forward after a Sunnyvale man was arrested for molesting a young neighbor nearly two decades ago.


The victim, now an adult, came forward recently after she reported to a colleague about the repeated assaults by 43-year-old Jose Vicente Contreras, who was her neighbor when the victim and her family lived in an apartment on the 1000 block of Rich Avenue in the early 2000s. The assaults stopped once the victim and her family moved out of the apartment. To many, Contreras is known by “Chente.”


According to the victim, Contreras molested her on dozens of occasions when she would complete a routine chore for her family – taking out the trash. In some instances, Contreras allegedly grabbed the victim, preventing her from escaping his grasp. On at least one occasion, the victim begged to be let go, but Contreras refused. 


After speaking with the victim, detectives immediately began an investigation into the incidents and worked to determine the whereabouts of Contreras, who had since moved from the apartment on Rich Avenue.


On Dec. 13, Contreras was located at a home in Sunnyvale and arrested without incident. Contreras was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of lewd acts on a child with force, digital penetration of a minor, aggravated sexual assault, sexual battery, a sex crime resulting in great bodily injury, sex acts with a child under 10 years of age, kidnapping, and indecent exposure.


This is not the first time Contreras has been accused of molestation. Previously, Contreras was alleged to have sexually assaulted another child sometime in 2002. That case is also a part of this investigation. 


“The victim’s heroism in coming forward regarding these incidents cannot be overstated,” said Sgt. Dan Vicencio. “We are proud of her, and we will work to ensure that justice will prevail in this case.”


Based on Contreras’ repeated assaults, detectives believe there may be additional victims. We are asking that anyone who may be a victim, or who may know of someone who is a victim of Jose Contreras, to contact Detective Temo Gonzalez at temo.gonzalez@mountainview.gov. We are also asking that any neighbors, past or present, of Jose Contreras to come forward in an effort to assist with additional information on this case. Anyone who currently or formerly was neighbors with Contreras can contact Detective Temo Gonzalez at temo.gonzalez@mountainview.gov.


Any media inquiries regarding this case can be directed to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov.

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