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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Waynesville man charged with child molestation

  • A Waynesville man with a history of sexual crimes has been accused of molesting a child who is under the age of 14 multiple times.
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  • A Waynesville man with a history of sexual crimes has been accused of molesting a child who is under the age of 14 multiple times.
    Emmanuel C. Fajardo, 54, of Waynesville, has been charged with child molestation in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child after an extensive investigation that began in December regarding incidents that took place last fall.
    The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department was contacted in December about a report of a child molestation that allegedly took place in Waynesville.
    The victim told officers that she had “inappropriate contact” with Emmanuel Fajardo, who her mother knew.
    Kids Harbor Too of St. Robert then conducted two child forensic interviews that took place in December and in March.
    The victim told investigators that she had been molested at least eight times by Fajardo, according to court documents. Fajardo allegedly would enter the child's bedroom at night and would inappropriately touch and kiss the victim.
    After the seventh time this happened, the victim told her mother of the incident, according to court documents. When the victim's mother confronted Fajardo, he denied it happening and then “cried like a baby.”
    The victim's mother told detectives that after she was aware of the incident, she learned Fajardo had a “history of this behavior” and previous cases have been filed against him.
    The victim's mother stated she “never thought anything was going on” between Fajardo and her daughter, court documents state.
    While these incidents were allegedly going on, the victim told her mother she was having reoccurring nightmares about “the bearded man.”
    When police questioned Fajardo about the allegations made against him, he said the victim was just having dreams. Fajardo also told investigators that he loved the victim's mother and cared for her children as well.
    During the investigation, detectives were notified that Fajardo had a previous allegation and conviction of sexually abusing a minor, according to court documents.
    The probable cause statement for this case states that in 1999, when Fajardo was a soldier on Fort Leonard Wood, he was investigated for molesting his child by Fort Leonard Wood Criminal Investigation Division.
    The court documents state that Fajardo wrote in a sworn statement that he was sexually aroused while moving in a manner that suggested he “was having sexual intercourse” with the child.
    In a summary court martial, he was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child. He told police that he was a combat engineer for 20 years before retiring.
    According to several sources including the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, Fajardo is not on the sex offender list.
    Page 2 of 2 - Fajardo is currently in Pulaski County Jail with a $500,000 bond. He is to appear in court Tuesday, April 1. If convicted, he could spend up to 22 years in prison. His preliminary hearing is set for May 4.

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