In a story which will likely go untouched by the broader mainstream media, two Maryland men -- illegal immigrants -- were recently arrested for the rape of an 11-year-old girl.
Horrifically, the girl was allegedly raped multiple times over the span of several months. The vile abuse only came to light when the child, now 12, confided in her middle school guidance counsellor.
The culprits, Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, currently face second-degree rape charges.
The victim apparently came to the alleged rapists’ attention after being first introduced to Palacios-Amaya by her older brother as his friend. According to ABC 7 News, Palacios-Amaya “would often pressure her not to attend school so that she could stay home while her parents were at work. That gave Palacios-Amaya unsupervised access to the girl.”
The victim then met Barrera-Navidad at her older brother’s birthday party, where yet another apparent rape took place the same evening. The two then communicated “via cell phone for an undisclosed period of time thereafter.”
But that’s not where this tragic tale ends, as ICE decided to chime in on the events involving the two alleged predators in a statement:
On July 25, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer with the Montgomery County (Maryland) Detention Center on Carlos Ernesto Palacios-Amaya, a Salvadoran national, and a repeat immigration violator, following his arrest for rape. Palacios was previously removed from the U.S. in 2014.
On July 26, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lodged a detainer with the Montgomery County (Maryland) Detention Center on Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, a Salvadoran national, unlawfully present in the United States, following his arrest for rape. Barrera is subject to a final order of removal that was issued by an immigration judge in December 2016.