Broward County

His repeated sexual assaults scared her, cops say. Until she thought of his daughters.

Henry Gonzalez
Henry Gonzalez

Henry Gonzalez sent nude selfies to the babysitter for his young daughters via WhatsApp, Pembroke Pines police say. He kissed her on the mouth (with tongue). He forced her hand and, later, her head, onto his penis, they say.

The babysitter is 14.

Gonzalez, 36, sits in Broward County Main Jail charged with sexual assault by a custodian/sexual battery on a victim between 12 and 18; obscene communication, using a computer to seduce/solicit/lure a child; directly promoting sexual performance by a child; lewd and lascivious conduct by a person 18 or older (two counts); promoting sexual activity on a victim under 16 (two counts); and transmitting information harmful to minors (five counts). His bond is $203,000.

In the arrest affidavit, Pines police say Gonzalez tried “stereotypical grooming techniques in order to build a sexual relationship with the victim” with some success. But, the babysitter told police though she feared Gonzalez, she worked through that to make a report because she was worried he might be abusing his daughters.

This started last June, the girl told police, when Gonzalez tried to put his hand down her pants as he drove and she sat in the passenger seat. She pushed his hand away repeatedly, she said. Gonzalez then pulled out his penis and placed her hand on it. She said she rejected his requests for oral sex.

He didn’t give her that option in August, the girl told police. At her home, Gonzalez grabbed her by the waist, put his hand down her pants, told her not to scream and then grabbed her neck to force oral sex.

Two months later, she said, while she was babysitting, he threw her on his bed, saying “moments like this I can’t put to waste.” The teen thought he was going to rape her. She said she was able to push him off and escape to another bedroom.

Meanwhile, he messaged her daily on WhatsApp, police said. They say he asked her to take pictures of herself masturbating and of her mother and her friends showering.

Monday, Pines police engineered a call between the girl and Gonzalez to eavesdrop. When a wary Gonzalez demanded she Facetime him from school, police hustled her to a local school to mollify Gonzalez.

Police say Gonzalez admitted enjoying the times the 14-year-old touched him. When she said a comfort level was present because he was the first guy she’d had sexual contact with, Gonzalez didn’t deny the contact. When she asked if he enjoyed the oral sex he’d forced on her, he said, “Of course.”

Pines police arrested Gonzalez Monday afternoon. They say he admitted to sending the nude selfies and all the text messages, too. But Gonzalez denied everything else and stood on his right to remain silent.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal