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Producer of Spanish-language TV show faces second child sex-abuse charge

Updated: July 2, 2013 8:08AM

A producer of a popular Spanish-language music cable television show charged with molesting a girl was back in court Friday for allegedly attacking another child.

Elpidio “Juan” Contreras allegedly took pictures of the second girl’s genitals and inappropriately touched her in two separate incidents several years ago, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Jacqueline Kwilos.

Contreras, who was friends with the victim’s family, had sent the girl’s relative to do a chore when he was in his office with her in 2007 when she was 8, Kwilos said.

He then allegedly pulled down the girl’s pants and underwear before taking pictures of her genitals in the office in the 2000 block of North Cicero. Contreras is accused of continuing to molest the girl, then showing her the pornographic picture he had taken of her and giving her $20, authorities said.

A year later, Contreras allegedly fondled the girl while he was teaching her how to ride a bicycle.

Judge Israel Desierto ordered Contreras held in lieu of $250,000 bond for aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Just two days before, Contreras, 53, appeared before Desierto as prosecutors accused him of making a phone call to the grandparent of another alleged victim, now 11.

Contreras, who has been hosting the “El Show De Juan Contreras” or the “Juan Contreras Show” for the last two decades, made the call on May 19 while he was on bond for the more recent incidents, prosecutors said.

Contreras, who met this girl when she was 10, allegedly inappropriately touched her while giving her voice lessons at his office, prosecutors said. And as recently as April 26, Contreras took topless pictures of the girl, prosecutors said. He also took a photo of this victim wearing a bikini.

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