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Child molester calls police after victim's grandmother puts signs up in yard

CSPD called three times to handle "sign dispute"
Posted: 5:16 PM, Oct 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-01 00:25:30-04
Sign posted by Valerie Montoya

COLORADO SPRINGS — A month after Hector Gonzalez was arrested and formally charged with 5 counts of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl, he put his house up "for sale".

That's when the victim's grandmother who lived across the street, decided to put a yard sign up that said:

"Please buy house across street. Sexual predator needs to move. Molested my 4-year-old granddaughter."

Gonzalez accepted a plea deal earlier this year from the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. He pleaded guilty to 1 count of sexual assault on a child and 1 count of unlawful sexual contact.

Hector Gonzalez

In a bombshell discovery, Gonzalez was able to walk away on probation.

"There is no justice at all," Valerie Montoya, the victim's grandmother said. "People go to jail for far less than what this man did."

News 5 Investigates discovered that on three separate occasions, Colorado Springs police officers were called about the yard sign.

"I did put big red poster boards up after he was arrested," Montoya said. "How quickly the police were to respond to that. How quick they were to respond to me putting up poster boards. Police came to my house and demanded I take them down."

Police acknowledge sending officers out multiple times to deal with this matter, but said law enforcement ultimately determined Montoya did not legally have to remove them.

"In the call screens, the officers acknowledge that the signs were on her property and within her right to post them," a CSPD spokesperson said via email.

So who called police to complain about Montoya alerting the neighborhood about Gonzalez?

According to 2018 data provided by the Colorado Springs Police Department, the now-convicted child molester and his wife called law enforcement.

Timeline:

September 23: 2:05 p.m.

-Call made by Susan Gonzalez, Hector Gonzalez' wife

-Call taker coded the call as a "disturbance" and officers responded

"No arrests were made as a result of this call," a CSPD spokesperson said.

September 24: 11:08 a.m.

-Call made by Hector Gonzalez

-Call taker coded the call as a "harassment/threat" matter and officers responded

"No arrests were made as a result of this call," a CSPD spokesperson again reiterated.

September 26: 8:01 a.m.

-Call made by Hector Gonzalez

-Call taker coded the call as a "harassment/threat" situation and officers once again responded

"No arrests were made as a result of this call," a CSPD spokesperson said.

Gonzalez eventually moved out-of-state and now lives in New York.

A News 5 investigation also uncovered this isn't Gonzalez' first run-in with the law. He was previously arrested for assaulting more young girls back in 2009, but the District Attorney's Office dropped the case.

Two sexual assault survivors who claim Gonzalez molested them a decade ago, broke their silence in an interview with News 5. That story can be found here .

Montoya says the memories of living across the street from Gonzalez were too much. She has since relocated to a different part of El Paso County.