Texas – In Tyler, Texas, a 28-year-old man has been recently arrested for accusations relating to molesting a young boy. And police say it happened over a 6-year period.
The insidious actions said to have been committed by the suspect were apparently concealed by the victim for years, and only unraveled after adults started to see the warning signs of something wrong.
On January 7th, Omar Huerta was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to a report from the Tyler Morning Telegraph. The outlet reported that Huerta was booked into the Smith County Jail and has a bond set at $250,000.
From what the arrest warrant affidavit details, the victim, currently 16, told police in November that he began getting molested when he was about 6 or 7-years-old. Huerta’s alleged abuse carried on for years with the victim until he was around 11 or 12-years-old.
The victim had told police that Huerta had fondled his genitals over the years and would frequently perform oral sex on him. The boy’s mother hadn’t any clue what was going on between Huerta and her son, until she noticed signs of her son becoming depressed and exhibiting feelings of being ashamed.
When investigators interviewed the accused predator, Huerta stated that he felt he was in some kind of consensual relationship with the minor. He described his interactions with the young boy as something akin to a “boyfriend relationship”.
According to the affidavit, he acknowledged that he eventually became inappropriately attached to the minor. Clearly, this has to be one deranged individual to think that a grown man could have any kind of consensual relationship with a child as young as 6, taking into account when the abuse allegedly started.
— SexualAbuseWatch (@sex_abuse_news) January 16, 2020
Huerta admitted to authorities that the oral sex had occurred several times over the years. He also detailed that he masturbated the young boy and that the abuse he was enacting felt “normal” to him.
According to Texas sentencing guidelines, continuous sexual assault of a child under the age of 14 carries a punishment range of 25 years to 99 years or life in prison without the possibility for parole. So long as there’s evidence to prove the abuse carried on over a period in excess of 30 days, Huerta may very well find himself never getting out of prison, if convicted.
Meanwhile, in California, a teen who was kidnapped and subjected to sexual abuse reportedly used a social media app to get herself rescued.
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On Tuesday, January 14, a 14-year-old girl was allegedly drugged and kidnapped by a man nearly four times her age. She was then transported by the two additional men to a motel just a few miles from where she had been abducted.
Had authorities not had access to her location via Snapchat, there’s no telling what more abuse the young girl might have suffered. The San Jose Police Department released a statement following the tracking down and arrest of all the three suspects allegedly involved.
A 55-year-old man named Albert Thomas Vasquez, a San Jose resident, had came into contact with the victim in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Reports detailed that they had met at the City of Capitola, but there was no context as to whether the meeting was planned or happenstance.
Police say that Vasquez had allegedly dosed the victim with PCP during their interactions, causing her to become incapacitated. During this time, authorities stated that Vasquez had reached out to two other men to help transport the young girl.
Authorities said that 34-year-old Antonio Quirino Salvador and 31-year-old Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, both from Fremont, came to assist Vasquez. The three suspects loaded the unwilling victim into a vehicle and began transporting her to a motel 40 miles from where she was abducted.
Calif. Girl, 14, Uses Snapchat to Escape Kidnappers After She Was Sexually Assaulted: Police https://t.co/k2XER7Blzl
— People (@people) January 19, 2020
Police say that while in the car, the victim was sexually assaulted by Vasquez. At some point while in the vehicle, the young victim was able to send out a desperate cry for help using Snapchat.
Reports indicate that the victim sent a distress call stating:
“Somebody help me. I’m in a random man’s car … I am not in Santa Cruz. Where am I?”
Investigators from the SJPD mentioned that due to her quick thinking, she helped create a means for her location to be tracked by friends and authorities.
Ahmed Banafa, a cybersecurity expert at San Jose State University, explained why the app was likely the better route to go rather than a traditional calling for help:
“It’s easy to go through the app. Because when you’re calling police, people can overhear you. This is a silent way to broadcast your location. And you have to understand that Snapchat broadcasts your location to multiple friends — not just one.”
When Banfa mentions the part about broadcasting your location, she explains that the app nearly details where you are within feet:
“It is very precise — within a few feet. I’ve tested it many times. It’s even your position inside a building. It [gave] an approximate location for where that person is standing.”
In this case, friends of the victim were able to contact police and share the location information as to where their friend might be through the app.
This led authorities to the E-Z 8 Motel on 1550 N. First St. in San Jose. SJPD officers arrived at the motel at around 11:08 a.m., where officers made contact with Vasquez and placed him into custody as he was leaving one of the motel rooms. During follow-up investigations by detectives, they were able to locate Salvador and Avarenga the following day and place them into custody.
All three suspects were taken to the Santa Clara County Jail. Salvador and Avarenga were both charged with kidnapping and conspiracy. Vasquez was charged with kidnapping to commit rape, digital penetration with a child under 14 years with force, false imprisonment, lewd act with a child 14 or 15 years with force, and rape by intoxication or controlled substance.
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