Man arrested for molesting boy at Wal-Mart

Incident took place Saturday
March 16, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was arrested on suspicion of molesting a nine- year-old boy in the restroom of Wal-Mart in Santee Deputies arrested 28-year-old Travis Banegas following the incident Saturday around 2:15 p.m. at the Wal-Mart at 170 Town Center Parkway in Santee, said Sheriff's Sgt. Hank Turner.

The boy told police Banegas grabbed and groped him over his clothing before he ran out of the bathroom and told his mother, who notified Wal-Mart staff and the Sheriff's Department.

Deputies searched the store and located Banegas, whom the boy identified as the molester. Turner said video surveillance also confirmed his identity.

Banegas later admitted during an interview he assaulted the boy, according to Turner. He was arrested for one count of child molestation and is being held with a bail of $50,000.