There are at least 17 investigation folders for sexual abuse against Carlos, the teacher – arrested on July 1 – who gave music classes at the Concha Villarreal kindergarten, located in the Vista Hermosa neighborhood, in Ecatepec, State of Mexico. So far, the local prosecutor’s office has confirmed four cases.
“In total, 17 investigation folders were initiated, not because 17 children had been violated, but because the parents trusted the prosecutor’s office to carry out investigations based on the method. boosting and with a gender perspective, it will be identified who was attacked. So far, four cases have been identified, three for which an arrest warrant was released and one more that has already been requested; of the rest no indications have been detected fortunately, but it is still being investigated,” he told Political Animal the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Mexico (FGJEM).
The authorities said they are continuing investigations to determine responsibilities and detect if there was any omission or complicity of the personnel who also work in the educational institution. This is one of the main demands of the parents of the Concha Villarreal kindergarten.
According to one of the mothers consulted by this media, Carlos taught classes in the evening shift. The third week of June, two children told their parents what had happened and, on June 21, the relatives began reporting the events to the edomex school and justice authorities.
The woman explained that the actions of the other teachers and the director of the kindergarten still need to be clarified, so they must be investigated by the local prosecutor’s office and by the Ministry of Public Education (SEP).
“(The detainee) has to pay for what he did, he deserves the maximum penalty because no one will return his innocence and his tranquility to the little ones. It remains to be found out if there are more people involved who covered it up. The director is missing, we want there to be an arrest warrant against her,” he said.
The mother, whose son began attending face-to-face classes in mid-2021, said the boy was Carlos’ student. She filed a complaint against the teacher, although so far and by methodology, it has not been proven that her son has suffered an assault.
#Detenido. Carlos Alberto “N”, investigated as an alleged sexual abuser, was arrested in #Tlalnepantla by elements of the #FiscalíaEdoméx. He is related to events that occurred in a kindergarten in #Ecatepec where he allegedly assaulted his victims. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/FJyLwnt6Io
— Edoméx Prosecutor’s Office (@FiscaliaEdomex) July 1, 2022
So far, the prosecution has not reported whether it has a range of specific dates on which the events could have occurred.
According to the Child and Youth Consultation 2021 applied by the National Electoral Institute (INE), sexual violence is the third most serious problem identified by minors. This survey indicates that one in four children and adolescents aged 10 to 17 years say they are exposed to sexual abuse in their community or the environment in which they live.
On June 21, parents of the Concha Villarreal kindergarten and neighbors of Ecatepec began a blockade of the main avenue José López Portillo, which lasted 30 hours, to demand justice for these facts.
“We want justice for abused children,” “We want the rapist arrested,” “We want the authorities and the principal to show their face,” read the captions displayed during the blockade.
Read: Families report sexual abuse in Ecatepec kindergarten; Prosecutor’s Office opens 4 investigations
On the morning of June 22, while some parents were still reporting, there was a fire inside the music classroom of Concha Villarreal where the teacher allegedly abused his students.
On June 23, a video was disseminated in groups of neighbors of Ecatepec, where the director of kindergarten is observed explaining that she had nothing to hide, that the teacher indicated was not her relative and that the corresponding complaints had been filed with the SEP.
By this time, the name of another professor had been published on social networks and he had been pointed out as the alleged responsible, but it was a false version.
On Facebook pages of colonies of Ecatepec began to spread stories about Carlos having taught in several kindergartens. However, so far it has not been proven.
On July 1, investigative police from the Central Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Crimes Related to Gender Violence arrested Professor Carlos for the crime of sexual abuse.
Meanwhile, the local prosecutor’s office added that currently the surviving children and their families aren accompanied by municipal and state authorities to continue with the process of your complaint.
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