Pflugerville authorities on Wednesday accused a man of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl while he was a summer camp counselor 10 years ago and are asking other possible victims to come forward.
Cameron Michael Kretsinger, 27, has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony punishable by five years to life in prison. He was booked Wednesday into the Travis County Jail on $100,000 bail, records show.
According to arrest documents, police suspect Kretsinger sexually assaulted the girl, whom police did not name, when he was 17 after meeting her at the city’s Summer Pfun Camp.
Now 20, the woman told police about the abuse this year. She said the abuse occurred for several years after she met Kretsinger, the arrest affidavit said.
“While this happened years ago, to me it is just as important as if it happened today,” Pflugerville Police Chief Jessica Robledo said Wednesday. “One child is one too many that gets hurt in a situation like this. I commend the victim’s courage to speak up about this.”
The woman told police she had been assigned to Kretsinger’s camp group, the “Fireballs,” which serves children in fifth and sixth grades.
None of the assaults detailed in court documents were alleged to have occurred at the camp.
In an interview with police, Kretsinger admitted to having sexual contact with the girl, the affidavit said.
City officials confirmed Wednesday that Kretsinger was employed as counselor during the summer months between May 2009 and August 2013, when police suspect the abuse occurred. He was in college at the time and had undergone a full criminal background check before starting work, like all city employees, city officials said.
Kretsinger told police there were three girls in the Fireballs camp group at the time, including the victim, according to the affidavit. Police said no one else has reported abuse. They are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone with information, including parents, camp counselors from that time or other victims to call 512-990-6950.
“If you know something, reach out to the hotline. We’d like to talk to you,” Robledo said.
The Pflugerville Police Department is providing victim services resources to anyone affected, city officials said.
The camp, which is in session and ends in August, will continue to operate normally. But the city is offering full refunds to anyone choosing to withdraw their children.
Pflugerville Parks and Recreation Director James Hemenes sent a letter Wednesday to all camp parents informing them of the allegation.
“We work diligently to ensure the protection of our campers, their families and counselors, and we take matters of this nature very seriously,” Hemenes said. “We are reviewing our records and processes in place then and now.”
Anyone with concerns about the camp can also call the Parks and Recreation Department at 512-990-6350.
There is no statute of limitations for the continuous sexual abuse of a young child, according to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. A person commits an offense if they are 17 years of age or older and commit two or more acts of sexual abuse with a victim who is younger than 14 years old during a period of 30 days or more.
Sexual abuse cases of young children are always criminal, but for civil cases in which the victim is seeking damages, the statute of limitations is 15 years from the victim’s 18th birthday, according to the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.