A Guatemalan native who works at an Ocala horse training center was arrested recently after he allegedly pulled a 9-year-old girl’s hair for not moving fast enough when he told her to go outside and open a gate.
Oscar Alberto Lopez Lemus, 30 was charged with domestic child abuse without great bodily harm. The victim’s mother told a Marion County sheriff’s deputy that Lopez Lemus came home intoxicated and grabbed a jacket from the bedroom, went back outside, then came back in and told the victim to go outside and open the gate, according to the sheriff’s office report.
The victim’s mother said the victim put on her shoes to go outside. She said the victim walked into the kitchen and Lopez Lemus grabbed her by the shirt without any warning or reason. The victim’s mother said the victim tried to pull away from Lopez Lemus, and he grabbed her by the hair and yanked her towards him, causing her to cry in pain, the report said.
The victim’s mother said Lopez Lemus told the victim, “You better move when I tell you to do something.” She said Lopez Lemus wasn’t disciplining the victim and his actions were intended to harm her. The victim’s mother said Lopez Lemus has physically abused her for nine years, but this was the first time he physically abused the victim, according to the report.
The victim told the deputy that Lopez Lemus told her to open the gate so he could leave the house. She said she put on her shoes and went into the kitchen, where Lopez Lemus grabbed her by the hair and pulled her towards him. The victim said Lopez Lemus pulled her hair very hard and hurt her, causing her to cry. She said she left the residence after the incident, the report said.
A juvenile witness said she saw Lopez Lemus yell at the victim, wrap her hair around his hand and yank her hair very hard, causing the victim to cry, according to the report.
The deputy went to Lopez Lemus’ workplace, Nelson Jones Farm and Training Center, and found him asleep. Lopez Lemus appeared very intoxicated and didn’t want to answer any questions. He was taken to the Marion County Jail and initially held on $2,000 bond.