GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man who has been in trouble most of his life admitted on Monday that he sexually assaulted young girls at a Plainfield Township apartment complex.
Juan Camargo, 63, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Investigators say he victimized children between the ages of 2 and 12, some of whom he befriended on a playground at Autumn Ridge apartments. Police called Camargo a "bold predator.''
Camargo faced 16 charges in five separate cases. He pleaded guilty in two of the cases and the other three were dismissed. Camargo has been in and out of prison since he was 19 years old. He's now facing life behind bars.
Investigators say the assaults occurred in 2017 while Camargo was staying at the Autumn Ridge complex on Mayfield Avenue south of Woodworth Street NE.
The first round of criminal charges was filed in November of 2017 after a child reported that Camargo sexually abused her, court records show.
Details of the five cases are similar and equally disturbing. In one case, a girl was raped twice. In another case, a girl said Camargo fondled her through her clothing. In a third case, an eight-year-old girl said Camargo "made her pull her pants down and he took several photos of her private parts,'' court records show.
In a case filed in July, a girl said Camargo approached her while she was at the Autumn Ridge playground. Camargo offered her money and eventually got the girl to return to the apartment where he was staying, court records show.
He took sexually explicit photos of the girl and sexually assaulted her multiple times, court records show. In another case, the victim was a two-year-old, diaper-clad girl. Police recovered photos showing the girl being sexually penetrated.
Police said the assailant “has a tattoo that appears to be similar to one that Juan Camargo had on his hand.’’
Another victim told police that she witnessed Camargo “touch a baby that he often had in his care,’’ court records show.
Camargo has a criminal history dating back to the 1970s. He has been in and out of prison since 1974; offenses include arson, attempted armed robbery and forgery.
He was on probation for accosting children for immoral purposes when the most recent charges were filed.
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