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Jose Perez

East Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies on Saturday arrested a man accused of molesting an 8-year-old girl.

Jose Manuel Perez, 44, is accused of inappropriately touching the girl in early June while she was staying with him and and a woman who is a friend of the girl’s mother, according to a Sheriff’s Office report. The girl’s mother had gone to the hospital to have a baby, the report says.

The girl was sleeping in a room with a woman when Perez allegedly came in and touched her, the report says.

Perez, 3211 King Bradford Drive, Baton Rouge, was booked into Parish Prison on one count of molestation of a juvenile. His bail information was not immediately available in online jail records.