Teen Rape Victim's Mother Angry at System
Last Edited: Monday, 21 May 2007, 8:34 PM MDT
Created: Monday, 21 May 2007, 8:34 PM MDT
by Julie HaydenGREELEY --
The mother of a 13 year old rape victim says the legal system is bending over backwards to protect the two illegal aliens accused in the crime, at her daughter's expense.
The mother says it's not fair that her daughter has to miss school because defense attorneys demand she appear at routine court hearings. The young girl was required to appear at a motions hearing for 24 year old Eduardo Bocanegro.
He and 20 year old Apolinar Ortega-Valtierra are accused of kidnapping the girl in Greeley last September and of taking turns raping and sodomizing her. The mother says her daughter was traumatized by having to be in the same room as Bocanegro. "Right now, my daughter's in turmoil. She's having a hard time with everything.", Ruth says.
"She just wants it over and now she wishes she didn't come forward and say anything because she feels like she's the one being prosecuted instead of being the victim." Numerous motions mean the case will probably cost the girl a summer vacation to Disneyland and will intrude on her first days of high school. Prosecutors say there's nothing they can do. Ruth says, "Everybody in the court system, they're trying to accomodate these guys that hurt her."
Well, what about accomodating her? What about making sure that it gets done and it gets done accurately and it gets done fast so she can get on with her life."
Bocanegro's trial is currently set for the end of June. The other defendant's trial date has not yet been set, as he is claiming he is incompetent to stand trial.
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Anyone wishing to contribute to the family's recovery can do so by sending cash, check or a money order to:
Ruth's FundNorbel Credit Union1220 9th AvenueGreeley, Colorado 80631