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HANFORD — An investigation into alleged child molestation and sexual abuse has led to the arrest of a Hanford man, Hanford Police Department officials said.

On Feb. 9, Hanford Police detectives said they arrested 50-year-old Jose Puga after a month-long investigation into alleged sexual abuse of a child under 14 years of age and child molestation.

Police said Puga came into contact with the victim while the victim was being cared for at Puga’s wife’s licensed daycare facility that she runs out of her home. Puga is listed as an employee of the daycare on the state license for the facility.

Officials said the investigation started in December 2017 after a juvenile victim reported to police that they had been sexually molested by Puga several times at two different locations in Hanford.

At least one of the reported incidences occurred at Puga’s residence in the 10800 block of Hume Avenue, police said.

Officials said the crimes occurred during November 2015 and May 2016 while the victim was being cared for at the facility.

Police believe this was an isolated incident, however, the state licensing board and Child Protective Services were contacted regarding the allegations and arrest of Puga.

Detectives said they are in the process of contacting current and former clients of the daycare facility.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hanford Police Detective Jason Gustin at 585-4723.

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