Jose Lopez-Cruz

Dallas County Sheriff's Office

Man In Country Illegally Tells Police He's Married To 15-Year-Old

July 16, 2018 - 10:53 am

DALLAS (KRLD) - A man in the country illegally, is in trouble for a lot more than crossing the border.

Dallas Police say 24-year-old Jose Lopez-Cruz is now on an immigration hold. He was arrested after he parked illegally in a handicapped space.

Police found marijuana, an open container of alcohol, and a 15-year-old girl in the car.

Through a translator, the teenager told police that she and Lopez-Cruz are dating and have sex every day. Lopez-Cruz says the girl is his wife, and told officers "It's OK, she'll be 16 soon."

Prosecutors say it's not OK. Lopez Cruz is in jail on charges of drug possession and sexual assault of a child, his bail set at more than $25,000.