Tag: Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Hidalgo County

In Hidalgo County, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month to bring attention to the fact that sexual violence is real, traumatic and occurring. According to the Children’s Advocacy Center, last year in Texas, 43,000 cases of abuse reported. In Hidalgo County almost 1,300. 75% of those were underage sexually abused victims. “We want to make sure that you help us as well by putting out the message to tell victims not to be afraid. Those victims need to know the different resources that are available, not only here in our office but all over the county.” DA Ricardo Rodriguez...

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Man Issued Life Sentence for Sexually Assaulting Teen

Edinburg (KFXV) — Last week, a judge handed a man a life sentence for sexually assaulting a teenager. A jury found 32-year-old, Lionel James Gonzalez guilty for assaulting the daughter of his sister-in-law in June of 2016. Gonzalez — who served a previous sentence in Indiana for one count of sexual misconduct of a minor, and had another dismissed — began to “manipulate” a 15-year-old that lived in the house he stayed in. After an investigation, Gonzalez later divulged that he touched the teen “above her clothing.” He turned down various plea deals, and because of his previous charges...

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North Texas Man Arrested for Harboring Valley Runaway Teen

HIDALGO CO. (KFXV) — A north Texas man is arrested for harboring a valley teenager. A local mother reported her daughter as a runaway in February. Police discovered a man from Lewisville — identified as Mayurbhai Vaghasiya had communicated with the 17-year-old and allegedly provided travel expenses and resources so the teen could stay at a hotel in Plano. He allegedly sexually assaulted the 16-years-old when he traveled down to Edinburg several times to meet with her. Vaghasiya was arraigned on three counts of Sexual Assault of a child, plus enticing a child, and harboring a runaway. He also received a...

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Man’s Abuse of 6 Year Old Girl Confirmed

MISSION (KFXV) — Mission police arrest 34-year-old, Sergio Rafael Serra who is accused to sexually assaulting a six-year-old girl Serra, who is originally from El Paso, was detained by the authorities after the mother of the six-year-old child said her child out cried that she had been sexually abused by the man. The police accompanied the minor to a hospital where a sexual abuse test was administered. The results confirmed the child had been violated. Serra is accused of sexual aggression against a minor and remains in the Hidalgo County...

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15% Female UT Undergrads Report Rape

Austin (KFXV) – 15% of University of Texas female undergrads say they’ve been raped this according to a Statewide study that the UT system will soon release. Senator Joan Huffman, a republican out of Houston, broke the news of the forthcoming survey Thursday morning when she mention the 15% figure during debate on a bill she has written to penalize College staff and some students who fail to report incidents of sexual assault on campus. The bill along with a four other campus rape bills debated this week was filed after years of scandals at...

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