AUSTIN - An Austin man has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman after she was reportedly hired to clean his apartment, police say.
Police said the woman called police on Aug. 18 to report that she had been assaulted by the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Byron Josue Montiel Flores. Police met with the victim on Aug. 22 when she reported that she had met the man through Facebook after posting that she was looking for work.
According to court documents, the victim stated she was looking for a part-time job to help with back-to-school expenses and said she was able to clean houses. She reported that the suspect responded to her post saying he would hire her to clean his apartment at 2005 Willow Creek Drive.
After canceling and saying she needed to find care for her kids while she cleaned, police reports state that the suspect offered to pay for a babysitter, though she reportedly dropped her children off at her mother's and agreed to clean his apartment on Aug. 18.
Police reported that they agreed on a $50 charge for cleaning the apartment and that after she began cleaning, the suspect tried to hug her and attempted to kiss her multiple times. She reported that she told him she was only there to clean and that after denying his attempts multiple times, he eventually forced her down and she said she thought she was being raped. After, she reported that she grabbed her clothes, left the residence and immediately called the police.
Police said they made contact with Flores on Sept. 7. He stated he lived at 2005 Willow Creek Drive with four other individuals and that he had met the woman two to three months prior to the alleged assault on an online app called "Badoo." Police said he reported that the woman had been to his residence a total of six times and that they had consensual sex each time.
According to police reports, the suspect said he stopped talking to the woman because an unknown female reached out to him on Facebook saying the woman liked drama and was married to a dangerous husband. He stated that he thought he was being used by the victim, who he reported would always ask for money, police said. He also reportedly stated that he never offered the victim a job and denied sending any of the messages.
After reviewing Facebook messages exchanged between the victim and suspect provided by the victim, police determined the messages were consistent to the victim's statement. Police said those messages show the victim only questioning and inquiring about cleaning the suspect's apartment for a fee and that they did not indicate there was a prior relationship between the two as stated by Flores.
Flores has been charged with sexual assault, a second-degree felony.
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