WALTHAM (CBS) — State Police say a Watertown man has been charged with assaulting an 11-year-old girl at a Department of Conservation and Recreation swimming pool in Waltham on Saturday.

Troopers were called to Connors Memorial Swimming Pool around 4:22 p.m. on a report of a possible indecent assault and battery on a juvenile.

A Trooper spoke with the girl’s mother who said that her daughter had been assaulted in the pool, police say. She ran out and told a family member who then notified a lifeguard.

The victim’s family says people need to be aware of strangers around them.

“I want to get the word out about the children and how they need to be safe and they need to watch everything that’s going on around them,” a family member told WBZ.

Victor Lopez, 37, was arrested and charged with indecent assault and battery on a child under 14.

Lopez was visiting the pool as a guest, and does not work for the DCR.

His bail was set at $300, and he was ordered to surrender his passport, pending his arraignment on Monday at Waltham District Court.

State Police were assisted by Waltham police at the scene, while Boston police helped with language translation at the barracks.

The incident remains under investigation.


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