Juarez priest convicted of sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl
JUAREZ from Mexico (Border report) – A three-judge panel found a Catholic priest in Juarez guilty of sexually abusing an altar girl when she was 8, Chihuahua state officials said.
Judges on Monday afternoon convicted Reverend Aristeo Baca of two counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated sexual assault. The abuse allegedly took place inside the parish of Santa Maria de la Montana in southern Juarez between December 2015 and January 2018, the state attorney general’s office said.
The investigation began when the girl’s parents called the police after their daughter refused to return to church in early 2019. Police psychologists and medical staff determined that the girl had been assaulted. sexual, said the attorney general’s office. in a report.
Baca denied the charges, although the prosecutor claimed he had already asked for forgiveness from the girl’s father.
“Evidence presented during the trial shows that the accused broke trust and took advantage of the access he had to the victim,” the attorney general’s office said.
The same three-judge panel who found him guilty will convict Baca on March 1. He faces up to 80 years in prison.
Several Baca supporters showed up outside the courtroom throughout the trial with signs proclaiming he was innocent. However, women’s rights groups such as Red Mesa de Mujeres celebrated her conviction.