MIAMI – A 77-year-old man was arrested Thursday after being accused of sexually abusing a girl in Miami-Dade County, authorities said.
Miami police arrested Eladio Alfonso Coalla after the victim, now 15, told them that he fondled her vagina under her clothing when she was 7 years old, according to the arrest report.
The victim told police that the incident occurred when Coalla told her that she had to sleep in his bedroom because a chandelier had broken in the guest bedroom and the bed was full of broken glass, the report stated.
Detectives said the victim told authorities after going to sleep, she woke up to Coalla placing his hand inside her pants and touching her vagina.
According to the arrest report, the victim pushed Coalla’s hand away and went back to sleep.
The victim told investigators that she didn’t think anything of Coalla touching her “because she was little,” the report stated.
Detectives said after interviewing the victim, she told them that she is coming out about it now because Coalla “did the same thing to her cousin.”
Coalla surrendered himself to Miami-Dade County’s Special Victim’s Bureau.
He was transported to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and is facing charges of child molestation and sexual assault on a minor.
Authorities said the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) was also contacted after the incident was reported.