Two illegal aliens from El Salvador have been charged for allegedly raping an 11-year-old girl on different occasions in Germantown, Md., reported ABC7 in Washington, D.C. One of the suspects allegedly used his cell phone to video record the apparent crime, said police.
The two men charged are Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29, of Damascus, and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28, of Gaithersburg, reported ABC7. According to ICE, both men are living in the United States illegally and both are Salvadoran nationals. Barrera-Navidad "has four children and works for a demolition company," according to court documents, said the news outlet.
ICE placed detainers on both men in late July. Palacios-Amaya was previously deported in 2014; he reentered the United States on an unknown date.
As ABC7 reported, "In September 2018, the victim was introduced to her older brother's friend, Palacios-Amaya. Over the course of the next few months, the then 27-year-old man raped the middle schooler on multiple occasions, authorities allege. The victim recalled one instance where Palacios-Amaya 'used his cell phone to video record the two of them having sex,' police noted in court documents."
The victim allegedly told a social worker at her middle school "that Palacios-Amaya would often pressure her not to attend school so that she could stay home while her parents were at work," stated ABC7.
"Investigators say while reviewing the victim’s cell phone, they located numerous photographs of Palacios-Amaya with the girl," according to ABC7. "The other suspect, Barrera-Navidad, reportedly attended the victim's older brother's birthday party on July 2018. The celebration took place at a mobile home park in Germantown."
"At one point in the evening, Barrera-Navidad and the 11-year-old victim entered a bedroom," stated the news report. "According to police, Barrera-Navidad [allegedly] raped the girl and then continued to communicate with her via cell phone for an undisclosed period of time thereafter."
Palacios-Amaya has been charged with four counts of second-degree rape; Barrera-Navidad has been charged with one count of second-degree rape.