ATTLEBORO — Police confirmed an accused child molester was found dead Tuesday morning of an apparent suicide, the day after he was arraigned in Attleboro District Court.
The body of Selvin Perez, 42, of 140 South Main St. in Attleboro, was found by a woman around 8:30 a.m. in a parking lot behind the Gardner Terrace apartment complex off Pine Street.
Police Chief Kyle Heagney said Perez died from knife wounds, and left a suicide note. Heagney declined to comment on the details of the note.
Perez was released from court Monday afternoon after he was arraigned on charges he groped the 5-year-old daughter of a man who invited him over for beers at his South Main Street home last Friday.
The father invited Perez to his home because Perez assisted him with a friend who had a medical emergency, according to court records.
Prosecutors allege the father saw Perez grope his daughter on the living room couch after Perez had asked to go inside the house to use the bathroom.
The father dragged Perez out of the apartment and fought with him outside until another friend broke it up, according to a police report.
Innocent pleas were automatically entered by the court to charges of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.
Perez, a Guatemalan native who listened in court Monday with the help of an interpreter, had no prior arrest record.
He was released on his own recognizance, but had to wear a GPS bracelet. He was also ordered to stay away from the girl and have no unsupervised contact with children younger than 16.
After his body was found, police blocked Gardner Street and cordoned off the area while Attleboro detectives and detectives from the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation. ..Source.. by Martin Gavin