A registered sex offender is being held without bond after he sexually assaulted two girls, one 14 and the other 2, and infected them with HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, Houston police said.
The 33-year-old man was charged this week with sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of a child. Investigators said he raped his ex-girlfriend's teenage daughter and his niece.
The investigation began in 2013 when the younger child was brought to Texas Medical Center in Houston. Both victims also were infected with herpes and doctors had to perform reconstructive surgery on the younger child. Doctors told investigators that it was clear the girls had been sexually abused.
The Associated Press isn't naming the man to protect the identities of the children. He was taken into custody Thursday and is being held at the Harris County jail.
Four family members were questioned by investigators and asked to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Only the suspect's results came back positive for HIV, police said.
Authorities said the teenager told a social services worker last month that she had been having sex with the suspect and was pregnant.
The man was sentenced to four years in prison in 2004 after sexually assaulting a different child.
Harris County jail records do not indicate an attorney for the man.