Jose Zerate Brings (Sex) Toys to Meet Kids at Hotel, Cops Say

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KPRC
Jose Zerate: Wrong kind of toys.
A man who met a woman online and insisted she bring along two young children she babysat to a hotel rendezvous arrived on the scene carrying sex toys and was arrested, KPRC is reporting.

A spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney's Office tells Hair Balls no probable-cause hearing has been conducted, so details are not available in court documents, but Jose Fernando Salas Zerate, 38, is in jail on two charges of attempted aggravated sexual assault of a child.

The station says Zerate met a north Harris County woman through an online dating site, and after several chats "the woman told Zerate about 5- and 6-year-old boys she babysits. Over several weeks, Zerate became insistent on meeting the woman and the children, investigators said."

The woman contacted authorities after he proposed meeting her and the children at an Airtex Drive motel, and constables from Precinct 4 arranged a sting.

The man traveled to the hotel by taxi on Monday, investigators said. He was carrying several sex-related items, detectives said.

Bond has been set at $80,000 on each of the charges, the DA's spokesperson said. Zerate is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

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Tunnel Mole
Tunnel Mole

US citizen or not...this underscores the need for subsidies for good child care. Can you imagine how the boys' parents must feel? They pay someone (anyone) to watch their children so they can work what's probably minimum wage-level jobs (washing your car; cleaning your grandparent's bedpan)-- and then learn of this nightmare?

Sihaya
Sihaya

Um, I'm trying to understand why this is an example of bad child care. The article says that the woman mentioned that she babysits two kids to one of her online dating prospects, not that she was spending her work time trolling the internet for men. It also says that she figured out what kind of creep he was, called the police and helped set up a sting.

cheryl_c4
cheryl_c4

I would agree, this woman is to be commended not derogated.

PUH-LEEZ
PUH-LEEZ

If you can't afford to have good child care, don't have kids. Q: Why should I have to pay for it? A: I shouldn't.

furioso ateo
furioso ateo

That's exactly what organizations like Planned Parenthood are around for, among many other useful things.

Wyatt
Wyatt

Yeah, it may be a very small part of what they do, but I'm glad they do it.

PUH-LEEZ
PUH-LEEZ

Useful things like quietly getting rid of unplanned babies? SHHHHHH. Pay us.

Forgot a detail
Forgot a detail

"Investigators said Zerate, who was born in Mexico City, told them that he is in the United States illegally."

Audreybenneth10
Audreybenneth10

He really looks like a Mexican, Preferably the police found a lot of vibrators made in Zerate country.

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