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Man accused of sexually assaulting girl for several years

HCSO: Victim overwhelmed by exploitation and mental abuse

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A man is accused of sexually assaulting a girl from her early childhood until her teenage years.

Cepeda Drake, 47, is charged with aggravated sexual assault, continuous sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said the victim initially spoke about the assault in March 2013. Investigators said she was so traumatized by Cepeda's exploitation and mental abuse that she was initially unable to help with the case.

In June 2016, the victim contacted investigators to reopen and pursue the case against Cepeda.

Investigators said they located Drake and asked about the allegations. They said Drake denied any knowledge and added he, "put this all behind him."

Drake is currently in the HCSO detention facility. His court appearance will be Oct. 12.