Man arrested for assault of 5-year-old

January 2, 2009 6:25:17 AM PST
A 32-year-old Novato man was arrested Wednesday evening in Fairfield for the alleged sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Corte Madera on Dec. 9, according to Twin Cities police.

Jaime Eugene Jacinto was spotted by Fairfield police at about 5 p.m. Wednesday and was arrested without incident, police said. Jacinto was booked into the Marin County Jail and faces charges of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age.

The alleged sexual assault took place at the bookstore at 313 Corte Madera Ave., according to police, who said the victim was near some book displays when a man approached her and made her touch his genital area.

The man quickly left the store, and although the girl quickly told her mother, the suspect could not be found.

Twin Cities police received information on Dec. 23 about a possible sighting of the suspect and were able to contact him and identify him as Jacinto.

After further investigation, a search warrant was obtained for Jacinto's home, and police found enough evidence inside the home to obtain an arrest warrant for him as well.

Jacinto is being held on $500,000 bail, police said.