An Illinois father is being held in jail on a $2 million bond over accusations that he physically assaulted and sexually abused his own daughter.
Ariel Carrasco is accused of physical abuse and child sex crimes.
Ariel Carrasco, a 46-year-old Lake Villa father, has been charged with three counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, two counts of domestic battery, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Carrasco was arrested without incident on Wednesday.
Carrasco's child – who is under the age of 13 – allegedly told school officials the father was abusive physically and sexually. The Department of Children and Family Services was notified of the alleged abuse, and helped arrange an "effort to develop a safety plan for the family."
The Lake Villa Police Department said in a statement, "Officers conducted interviews with the child and other family members.
The Lake Villa Police Department said that Carrasco made "very concerning statements" to investigators when questioned about the allegations. Authorities said that there was evidence to justify the charges, but did not elaborate.
The underage victim told authorities that the abuse took place between December 2022 and March 2023.
Lake County Judge Theodore Potkonjak ordered Carrasco to be held at Lake County Jail on a $2 million bond.
Carrasco has been barred from having any contact with his daughter or anyone under the age of 18.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 20.