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Man, 67, accused of groping teen inside car in Davie; there may be other victims, police say

DAVIE, Fla. – A 67-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Davie police, a day after he allegedly groped a 14-year-old girl inside his car, authorities said.

According to his arrest report, Hugo Arciniega, of Hollywood, was driving Tuesday with the teen in the front passenger seat and his granddaughter in the back seat. The two girls have been best friends since kindergarten, according to police.

Police said Arciniega dropped his granddaughter off at a dentist appointment off Flamingo Road, and due to COVID-19 restrictions, he and the teen were forced to wait in the car. He locked the doors when the granddaughter got out of the car.

Police said Arciniega waited until he was alone in the car with the teen to ask her if her parents had the “sex talk” with her yet and asked whether she had had sex with her boyfriend. He then reached under the girl’s skirt and under her bra, his arrest report stated.

Hugo Arciniega, 67, is accused of groping a 14-year-old girl in Davie.
Hugo Arciniega, 67, is accused of groping a 14-year-old girl in Davie. (Davie Police Department)

Police said the victim told Arciniega “no,” and he told her that he would “take it slow.”

According to his arrest report, the teen eventually froze up as Arciniega touched her thigh and told police that she didn’t know what to do.

Police said the teen texted her sister as Arciniega was touching her and told her sister to pick her up because she was about to get raped.

According to the arrest report, Arciniega pulled the victim back toward him as she tried to get out of his car and told her to give him a kiss.

He then told her not to tell anyone what happened, authorities said.

The arrest report goes on to say that the young girl felt uncomfortable from the pressure and then texted her sister saying, “Hurry up, I’m about to get f**** raped.”

Her sister arrived to pick her up and the 14 year old was able to get out of the car and leave.

The victim’s sister told detectives that the teen began crying after getting into her car and told her that Arciniega had touched her.

Detectives had the victim call Arciniega the next day as they listened to him telling her that he was sorry and to forget what happened, the arrest report stated.

Arciniega was later taken into custody at his home. He faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct against a minor and false imprisonment. His lawyer said Arciniega has no prior criminal history.

Davie police believe there could be more victims that may be too scared to come forward.

“Detectives were able to track,  through other individuals, anyone who may have had contact with this guy. By those means, they were able to make the determination that other people have been victimized,” Davie Police Lt. Mark Leone said.

They are asking anyone who has had contact with him to call the Davie Police Department at 954-693-8200 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).


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