MIAMI (CBS4)- Cuban painter Agustin Bejarano maintained he is innocent of charges that he sexually molested a 5-year-old Hialeah boy.

A written not-guilty plea was entered Thursday on Bejarano’s behalf by the Miami-Dade County public defender’s office. Bejarano, who was born in Camaguey, but lives in Havana, was arrested at a friend’s house and is being held without bail on the felony charge of lewd and lascivious molestation of a minor.

Police said the 46-year-old Bejarano molested the young son of a Hialeah couple he visited last month. Bejarano came to Miami on March 17 on a one-month visa to attend the art fair “Art of the Americas” in the Miami Beach Convention Center.

After the boy told his parents about the incident and they notified police, he was interviewed Monday by experts at Kristi House, a center for abused children. Those experts concluded the boy’s account of what happened was accurate, and police moved immediately to arrest Bejarano.

He was scheduled to return to Cuba April 15th.

If convicted, Bejarano could face life in prison. He was ordered held without bond, and US immigration officials were notified.

Bejarano’s paintings have been exhibited at Cuba’s National Museum of Fine Arts and at galleries in the U.S., Switzerland, Mexico and Canada.

If convicted he faces a potential life prison sentence.

Comments (10)
  1. johnny walker says:

    Life in prison? for molestation? This is insane!! only in America you see injustices like that. In europe you have murderers that only do 30 years. This country is very backwards when it comes to justice.

    1. jj says:

      Yeah it all depends on the judge and the lawyers, you have people serving life for being accessries to robberies without the being a murder involved. people get life for killing pets but for killing a person 15 years depending on the victims color and status in society……… welcome to the USA land of hilarity.

    2. joe bagadonuts says:

      you are probably as sick as this nut…he will get what’s coming to him in prison,and i hope you do to

    3. bettypage says:

      Yeah Johnny Walker, life in prison for ruining a child’s life! Crazy huh? Not so much my friend, They should string him up by his short hairs and use him as a human pinata! Obviously either a) you have never been molested, have had a child or a child you know be molested or have a child period or b) you’re a molester yourself. Don’t know how anyone could be sympathetic towards a monster like this. By the way, he admitted to it when first approached by the police, read it on previous reports.

      1. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

        Johnny CANNOT read ;-(

      2. GAIN AND AGEIN says:

        ONLY IN Hialeah and Miami Lakes, and

    4. Pochy Dulzaides says:

      I am sure if it was your son, you will not think that way

  2. DD says:

    you wouldn’t think it’s so hilarious if it was your child he molested. he should be put away forever and stay far away from children. research shows molesters have abused an average of 50 children by the time they are caught and that if they are not caught, they will continue to do it. they will continue to do it even if they are caught, once they are out. so life in prison sounds perfect for this creep.

  3. O. Garcia says:

    He should get whatever the law says it should, when he is tried and found guilty. Right now he is only acussed and nothing has been proven. You guys should remember the child molestation cases in Los

    He should get whatever the law says for this, after he is tried and found guilty, right now he is only accused and nothing has been proven. Everybody should remember that we are all assumed to be innocent until proven guilty and we all should remember the child molestation cases of the 80’s in Los Angeles for which numerous people were sentenced to 20 or 30 years in prison and later found innocent. This has been recorded and broadcasted onnumerous occasions on tv. O. garcia

    1. yokolee says:

      excellent post o. garcia, thank you

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