Eduardo Fidel Villanueva, age 30, was arrested on an Arrest Warrant issued in connection with a Sexual Assault investigation conducted by members of the Pleasanton Police Department.
The investigation spanned over two years, being reported to the police on October 27, 2015. Villanueva was alleged to have sexually assaulted a child. Evidence collected during the initial stages of the investigation ultimately led investigators to determine that probable cause existed to seek a search warrant for the collection of additional evidence.
A search warrant was obtained on August 16, 2017, and executed that same day. The evidence collected was submitted to a Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory. The analysis of the evidence further led investigators to determine that probable cause existed to seek an arrest warrant for Eduardo Fidel Villanueva, charging him with the 2nd Degree Felony Offense of Sexual Assault (Child).
An Affidavit of Probable Cause for Arrest Warrant and Complaint were presented to Judge Guerra at the Pleasanton Municipal Court where the Warrant of Arrest was issued January 24, 2018.
Pleasanton and Poteet Police began a search for Villanueva and shortly after, Villanueva turned himself in at the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office. Pleasanton officers took custody of Villanueva where he was processed before being booked at the Atascosa County Jail.
“The Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab was instrumental in the investigation of this case. They analyzed the evidence that our detectives collected and they were able to get a DNA match on the suspect. Our detectives worked this case relentlessly,” said Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez.