Man Accused of Molesting Two Girls
Lovette faces ten charges
A 58-year-old Mountain View man is accused of molesting two girls – sisters who lived in his apartment complex. According to the victim’s mother, “Leonardo Lovette the second” was well known in the area.
CBS 11’s Alexis Fernandez was in the courtroom as the girls’ mother watched her neighbor stand before a judge.
Leonardo Lovette II faces ten charges, which include eight counts of sexual abuse of a minor, one count for assault and one for indecent exposure. He’s accused of raping a 9-year-old girl and her 5-year-old sister.
Their mother and grandfather were in court today, but did not want to be identified. “I just want to know why he did… why he betrayed me as a friend – he basically used me to get to my kids and that wasn’t right, that’s how I feel,” the mother said.
According to the charging documents, the girls’ mother approached police on November 15, when she noticed her 5-year-old daughter was buttoning her pants after she had visited Lovette and his girlfriend in the apartment upstairs.
“I believe her when it first happened because I’ve been there, and I know what your emotions are,” the mother said.
Her older 9-year-old daughter was also molested by the man she trusted. She told investigators that Lovette showed them pornographic images, including a video in which Lovette is having sex with another girl her age – a girl she says she recognized.
The girls told investigators they were scared to report the abuse because Lovette had threatened to kill the entire family if they did.
Their mother says she had known Lovette and his girlfriend for nearly a year. It’s trust the girls’ mother says she wishes she could take back.
Police say because Lovette was an after-school tutor and worked at a church on Debarr Road, they suspect there could be more victims. He’s also had multiple run-ins with the law, which include felony drug arrests, theft, drunken driving and assault.
If you know of any other victims, you’re asked to contact Detective Leonard Torres at 786-8573.
Lovette is being held on $100,000 bail, and requires a third-party custodian.