Pinheiros, Brazil — Law enforcement agents in Brazil’s northeastern town of Pinheiros trekked and canoed for nearly two hours through rugged terrain to arrest a 54-year-old man accused of fathering eight children with his two eldest daughters, a top regional investigator said.
Pinheiros Regional Police Chief Laura Amelia Barbosa told CNN that Jose Agostinho Bispo Pereira — who was arrested Thursday after complaints that he sexually abused his 29-year-old daughter, whom he held captive — fathered yet another child with his eldest daughter.
“He fathered seven children with his 29-year-old daughter and one with his 31-year-old,” Barbosa said.
The seven children born from his 29-year-old daughter range in age from 2 months old to 12 years, she said.
“We just learned that he fathered a child with his 31-year-old daughter. … The 14-year-old is right here beside me,” Barbosa said in a phone interview with CNN.
“We also confirmed that two other of his children/grandchildren were sexually abused,” she said.
Pereira was arrested “in flagrante,” Barbosa said, in the remote village of Experimento. There, police interrogated Pereira and his 29-year-old daughter, with whom he has had sex since she was 12, police said.
“She is still very fond of him,” Barbosa said of the 29-year-old. The 31-year-old managed to escape, she said.
During an interview with CNN affiliate Record TV on Thursday, Pereira said he knew he was committing a crime by molesting his daughters.
“It is a crime. I know that it is a crime,” Pereira said. “But she was committing the crime as well, wasn’t she? Then, I had to do it.”
“A farmer only does things because the other consents, because if the other doesn’t consent, the person doesn’t do (it),” he added…
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