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(HOUSTON) — A 76-year-old Galveston County man was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.

Thomas Joseph Perthuis is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. His wife runs a home-based, after-school child care service in Santa Fe. The victim was in his wife’s care when it happened.

Authorities were informed when the victim’s mother and a school counselor learned what had happened from the girl. Capt. Barry Cook is with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office:

The investigation was delayed when Perthuis checked himself into a mental health facility. He was charged Monday.

Cook says there could be more victims.

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