WEST JORDAN — A SWAT team surrounded the home of a man suspected of child sexual abuse on Monday, but was unable to find him.
After six hours, SWAT members moved in and discovered the man they thought was inside had apparently slipped away before they'd been able to establish a containment around the house. The search continued, however, for Albert Chavez, 38.
An arrest warrant was issued for Chavez on June 13 charging him with aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony. The alleged victim is a 13-year-old girl, according to court records.
Officers thought they saw Chavez outside his house at 1983 W. 7420 South about 8 a.m. Monday, said West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Roberts. He was believed to be with a young child. The officers watched Chavez go inside his house, Roberts said. They then knocked on his door, but no one came out. After failing to make contact with Chavez, officers called for a SWAT team.
The team obtained a search warrant and entered the house about 2 p.m. No one was found inside.
Last year, Chavez was convicted of several misdemeanor counts of gambling and attempted gambling promotion. Charges of felony money laundering and racketeering were dismissed, according to court records.
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