NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – A 52-year-old North Miami resident is facing a staggering 161 charges related to lewd and lascivious molestation, following revelations from four girls who reported that they had been sexually abused by him.
The victims, some as young as 5 when the abuse began, were either residing in or visiting the home where the suspect, Edgar Augusto Gamez, also lived, according to North Miami police.
The first victim disclosed the abuse to family members on August 28, indicating that Gamez had molested her twice in 2020. This disclosure triggered an investigation that unveiled three additional victims, with their allegations spanning as far back as 2010.
In a chilling pattern outlined in an arrest report, Gamez allegedly employed a similar method for most of his victims: he would entice the young girls into his bedroom with the promise of candy, then subject them to sexual abuse.
One of the victims revealed that she endured molestation “at least once a week” between 2011 and 2014, when she was between the ages of 5 and 8, as detailed in the report.
Gamez was taken into custody on Tuesday, where he chose to exercise his right to remain silent. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being held without bond in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.