Man who planned to run for Congress now accused of child molestation

A man who planned to run against Rep. Kevin McCarthy for a seat in Congress is now being accused of child molestation.

Joe Aleman was arrested in August, according to court documents.

Investigators said the 41-year-old Aleman inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl while she slept. They say surveillance video captured the assault at the girl's home.

The court documents also say Aleman told the girl's father he was too drunk to remember and apologized.

The Kern County District Attorney's Office filed a misdemeanor molestation charge against Aleman last week.

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