For­mer life­guard sen­tenced to 13 years for child sex abuse

Al­varez dam­aged com­mu­nity, judge says

Maryland Independent - - News - By DEJA ROSS dross@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @De­jaSoMdNews

Car­los Sorto Al­varez, 31, a for­mer La Plata life­guard, has been sen­tenced to 13 years in prison for sex­ual abuse of a mi­nor and two counts of so­lic­it­ing child pornog­ra­phy, Charles County State’s At­tor­ney Tony Cov­ing­ton (D) an­nounced Thurs­day.

On Sept. 27, prior to sen­tenc­ing Al­varez, Charles County Cir­cuit Court Judge H. James West said, “If you have chil­dren and send them to pub­lic places and abuse hap­pens, the com­mu­nity as a whole is let down. The com­mu­nity as a whole is dam­aged.”

In De­cem­ber 2017, of­fi­cers met with the vic­tim, who was younger than the age of 18, af­ter be­ing con­tacted by the Depart­ment of So­cial Ser­vices. The vic­tim, who was 14 at the time, met Al­varez at a com­mu­nity pool where he was a life­guard. The two par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties to­gether over the course of two years.

Al­varez would pur­chase the vic­tim items such as cloth­ing, food and tele­phones. Once the vic­tim en­tered high school, Al­varez be­gan re­quest­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate fa­vors from the vic­tim in­clud­ing hav­ing the vic­tim per­form sex­ual acts in front of him, as well as hav­ing the vic­tim send naked pho­tos and videos of a sex­ual na­ture. Al­varez and the vic­tim did per­form sex­ual acts with each other on sev­eral oc­ca­sions.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion later re­vealed Al­varez re­quested a friend of the vic­tim, an­other mi­nor, to send sex­ual pho­tos and videos as well.

As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Sarah Free­man told the judge, “This was not an iso­lated in­ci­dent. He was in a po­si­tion of trust. Par­ents en­trusted their kids to the com­mu­nity pool to have fun, not for a life­guard to be tak­ing ad­van­tage and groom­ing them.”

Al­varez pleaded guilty to the charges on May 21 in front of West.

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