Rate My Horse PRO has obtained new information regarding the victim connected to the Mississippi indictment of South Carolina veterinarian Juan Gamboa.
Major Ron Pullen of Harrison County Investigative Services in Mississippi confirmed their victim is a different child than the two boys Gamboa is accused of touching inappropriately in South Carolina. He added, “The parents of our victim filed a report in Florida as well.” Major Pullen says he doesn’t know if there is an investigation happening there.
Gamboa was indicted by a Mississippi grand jury earlier this month for “touching a child for lustful purposes.”
The indictment charges that on or between February 1, 2013 and March 1, 2013 Gamboa, while in the state of Mississippi, “handle[d], touch[ed], or rub[bed] with his hands the penis of … a child” who was under 16 years-old.
He is facing similar charges in his home state of South Carolina. Some in the hunter/jumper horse show community say they were stunned when Gamboa, who owns Gamboa Veterinary Services, was arrested by Aiken deputies in January. He is charged with two counts of lewd acts upon a child under 16.
According to Aiken officials, Gamboa allegedly sexually abused two eight year-old boys over a three-month period, between June 1 and August 14, 2013. The police report states one of the victims told an adult about the alleged abuse after Gamboa “came in while he was changing, kissed [him] on the lips, and fondled [his] genitals.”
Both arrest affidavits state Gamboa “did willfully and lewdly commit a lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body, or its parts, of victim, a person under sixteen years of age, by fondling the penis of the 8 yoa victim.”
Gamboa has been practicing equine medicine, mainly in the hunter/jumper industry for more than 20 years. He is licensed to practice in Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and the Carolinas, according to his website. Gamboa has spent much of his career treating equine clients at horse shows. That part of his veterinary practice came to a halt when the United States Equestrian Federation suspended Gamboa from the association on January 16, 2014.
Gamboa is married and has a 13 year-old son.
Gamboa posted a Facebook message on March 14 thanking his supporters. “I am keeping my chin up, fighting this all the way to the end. We have a great lawyer, who, with his team, has been able to get good information to prove my innocence… These are very serious accusations that they have to be investigated to the fullest extent of the law.”
Gamboa is out on $15,000 bond. Captain Eric Abdullah of the Aiken County Sheriff department says Gamboa wears a tracking device.
A hold has been placed on Gamboa by Harrison County officials, according to Major Pullen. Gamboa will answer the charges brought by South Carolina and then be extradited to Mississippi to face the charge there.
Rate My Horse PRO spoke with Gamboa who referred us to his defense counsel. We did not receive a call back from his attorney. Stay with us as we continue to follow this story.