Texas Woman Jailed for Failing to Report Rape of 6-Year-Old16-Apr-2016
A Texas couple have been arrested after the man allegedly raped his 6-year-old relative, and his wife neither removed the girl from the situation nor reported the allegations to police.
According to reports, Jeramy Inez Sanchez, 28, of Odessa is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child. Four other charges have been filed against Sanchez, but details of those charges have not been released as of this writing.
His wife, Ruth Campos Sanchez, 30, had allegedly been told by another child that her husband raped the girl, but allegedly did nothing to protect the child. Instead, she confronted Jeramy, who apologized and said it wouldn't happen again. Ruth Sanchez is jailed on a complaint of endangering a child.
Reports say teachers became suspicious that the girl was being sexually abused when she began asking classmates if they wanted "to have sex like girlfriends and boyfriends." The girl was interviewed by agents at a child advocacy center, where she allegedly told investigators that Jeramy Sanchez showed her a video of an adult couple engaged in sexual intercourse, telling her that is what boyfriends and girlfriends do. She says the man then asked her if she wanted to make her own video, but she said no. However, he allegedly raped the child after her refusal and recorded the assault.
Like Texas, Oklahoma has laws against failure to protect a child. Under the state's failure to protect laws, a parent (typically a mother) who does not remove a child from an abusive situation and who fails to report sexual assault to police faces the same penalties as the actual abuser.
Under 21 O.S. § 843.5, Oklahoma's criminal child abuse statute, both committing child sexual abuse and "enabling" child sexual abuse by failing to remove the child from the situation and report the abuse to authorities are punishable by a maximum of life in prison. If the sexually abused or exploited child is under the age of 12, child sexual abuse is punishable by a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Often, concerned adults preach against "stranger danger" and spend time teaching children to avoid "strangers" who may harm them. However, children are far more likely to be abused by a family member or a close family friend than a stranger. According to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, only 7 percent of children who are sexually assaulted are molested by a stranger. That means 93 percent of children who are sexually abused know the perpetrator. Family members make up more than a third of perpetrators of sexual assaults against children.
Read more about the consequences of sex crimes against children, or call attorney Adam R. Banner at 405-778-4800 to discuss your case.
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