Patricio Mata was arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the sexual abuse of a child by Alice police officers.

The mother of the 9-year-old child reported the abuse to police when she discovered Mata, 52, had sexually abused the child multiple times over the course of a year, according to Investigator Juan Charles.

Mata is a well-known by the family and entrusted him with the child's care on different occasions.

The case is still under investigation.

Mata was booked into the Jim Wells County jail and charged with sexual abuse of a child continuous. He was released from custody Thursday on a $25,000 bond.