Columbia man arrested in connection with child molestation

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | 10:08 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Monday on suspicion of touching the genitals of an 8-year-old girl multiple times.

Eric Joseph Pruneda, 32, was arrested after a report came to the police that he had put his hands inside the girl's underwear and touched her genitals while she was sitting on his lap, according to court documents.

The incident occurred at Pruneda's house on the 1500 block of Olympic Boulevard.

Pruneda molested the girl approximately four times, according to court documents. The first incident happened as early as April 2010.

The suspect has been charged with first-degree child molestation. His bond was set at $10,000.

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