Pair of illegal El Salvadorian immigrants accused of raping 11-year-old girl in a ‘sanctuary county’

  19 Aug 2019

Two illegal immigrants from El Salvador living in the sanctuary jurisdiction of Montgomery County, Maryland, have been arrested and charged with the rape of an 11-year-old girl.

29-year-old Mauricio Barrera-Navidad and 28-year-old Carlos Palacios-Amaya, both illegal immigrants from El Salvador, were arrested by police in Montgomery County after the young female victim told a social worker about the rapes, WJLA 7 reports.

The victim who is now 12-years-old was just 11-years-old at the time of the alleged rapes. She told a social worker at her elementary school that in July of last year, she met Barrera-Navidad at a family birthday party. During the party, Barrera-Navidad took her into a bedroom and raped her. Following the alleged rape, the victim said that Barrera-Navidad continued to make contact with her against her wishes.

The victim told the social worker that she met Palacios-Amaya in September of 2018. Shortly after, she said that he raped her on several occasions. One time, the victim said that the Palacios-Amaya took a video of the rape on his cell phone. She also said that he would often try to coerce her into skipping school so she would be left at her home defenseless without any parents.

According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, Barrera-Navidad had been issued deportation orders back in December of 2016 but had continued to live in the sanctuary jurisdiction of Montgomery County, which actively prevents ICE from doing their job.

ICE officials have said that Palacios-Amaya had already been deported from the country once before in 2014. Sometime after he was deported, the violent illegal immigrant was able to slip back into the country and slithered his way to Montgomery County where he was shielded from another deportation.

Barrera-Navidad has been charged with one count of rape while Palacios-Amaya has been charged with four counts of rape.