Mar 30, 2023
A former San Jose community worker has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting multiple minors over the course of several years, according to police officials.
Gilberto Nevarez, 33, an ex-community activity worker for the city, was arrested last Wednesday after a juvenile came forward and reported that they were sexually assaulted by the suspect over the course of several years.
“On March 21, the San Jose Police Department received reports of a juvenile survivor being sexually assaulted by the suspect for several years… He is no longer employed by the city,” officials said.
“We are deeply saddened and concerned by this recent news and extend our sympathies to the survivors and their families,” the San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department added in a statement.
Nevarez was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail March 22 on multiple counts of sexual assault related to the initial survivor’s report as well as possible crimes against additional child survivors. Authorities reportedly located other girls ranging in age from six to 13 years old who are believed to have been victimized by Nevarez.
San Jose police Sergeant Jorge Garibay said authorities have identified at least three female survivors. He added that the alleged sexual assaults happened at a residence in San Jose and that Nevarez knew the girls, according to a report from NBC Bay Area.
“Same survivors victimized over a period of several years,” Garibay said.
Nevarez, who was previously employed as a community activity worker for San Jose, reportedly faces multiple counts of sexual assault involving numerous minors. Those charges have sentences ranging from 15 years to life in prison.
Investigators indicated that they believe the crimes allegedly committed by Nevarez were not connected to his work, but rather took place in private residences. The City of San Jose said that Nevarez always worked with a team and never directly with children, adding that he was employed by the city for about a year before he was released from his job last week, according to KTVU.
San Jose Police believe Nevarez may have victimized additional child survivors and are urging anyone with information about a crime he committed to please come forward.
“We always want to put the information out to the public, being transparent, and urging anyone that has any information related to these incidents or any ones that haven’t been reported yet to please let us know,” Sergeant Garibay said.
If you have information about the Gilberto Nevarez child sexual abuse case or similar incidents involving the suspect, please contact San Jose police Detective Palacio (#4237) or Detective Sergeant Weger (#3942) at email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls can be directed to 408-277-4102.
If you wish to remain anonymous, you can submit tips via the P3TIPS mobile app, the tip line at 408-947-STOP, or svcrimestoppers.org.
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