Charge: Man im­preg­nated teen to avoid de­por­ta­tion

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN - Bruce Viel­metti

As an un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grant, Ho­ra­cio Al­varado thought if he could show he was the fa­ther of a new­born Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, he would be al­lowed to re­main in the United States him­self.

But the pa­ter­nity test ul­ti­mately re­sulted in more se­vere charges for Al­varado be­cause the mother of the child was only 15 and was his step­daugh­ter, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint.

Al­varado, 32, now faces three felonies for what in­ves­ti­ga­tors say were sev­eral years of sus­tained sex­ual as­saults, as­saults his wife later knew about yet did noth­ing to pre­vent, ac­cord­ing to the com­plaint.

Al­varado is charged with first-de­gree sex­ual as­sault, re­sult­ing in preg­nancy, re­peated sex­ual as­sault of a child and in­cest. He pleaded not guilty at a court ap­pear­ance last week and is be­ing held on $20,000 bail but has a bail hear­ing next week.

His wife is charged with child ne­glect, a mis­de­meanor.

The crim­i­nal com­plaint says the vic­tim came for­ward last month to re­port the of­fenses, which she said be­gan when she was 14 and con­tin­ued for four years.

The as­saults took place at the fam­ily’s south side home when her mother was at work, or late at night when the mother was asleep.

Other times, the vic­tim told po­lice, Al­varado would take her to a friend’s home or to ran­dom park­ing lots where they’d have sex in his car.

The as­saults con­tin­ued af­ter the vic­tim be­came preg­nant at 15 and later de­liv­ered the child, the com­plaint says.

When she was 17, the vic­tim told po­lice, her mother walked in on Al­varado sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her in their home. The mother then sat down and spoke with her hus­band in Span­ish but said noth­ing to her, and the as­saults con­tin­ued.

The com­plaint doesn’t in­di­cate when, but at some point, the girl told her mother that Al­varado was the fa­ther of her child, and his pa­ter­nity was es­tab­lished in court in 2015, and there ap­peared to be a dis­pute be­tween the vic­tim and Al­varado re­gard­ing cus­tody of the child ear­lier this year.

Ac­cord­ing to court records, a court com­mis­sioner last month en­tered an in­terim or­der that Al­varado should have pri­mary place­ment and that the child’s mother would have rea­son­able visi­ta­tion rights.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sex­ual as­saults retested Al­varado and con­firmed his pa­ter­nity of the child, and that Al­varado was mar­ried to her mother dur­ing the pe­riod the vic­tim said he was reg­u­larly hav­ing sex with her.

Al­varado ap­par­ently be­lieved in the so-called an­chor baby myth, that hav­ing a child born in the U.S. might pro­tect il­le­gal im­mi­grants from de­por­ta­tion. It does not, even when the birth is not it­self the re­sult of a felony sex­ual as­sault.


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