Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Police are searching for a 21-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico accused of raping a 10-year-old family member and leaving her pregnant

James Osborne:

Pedro Guzman Muñoz

Authorities were alerted to the case by a local doctor, who discovered the girl's pregnancy during a routine medical exam last Friday, Pharr police Lt. Guadalupe Salinas said.

The girl was subsequently taken to the Children's Advocacy Center in Edinburg where she told staff that her 21-year-old relative, Pedro Guzman Muñoz, had raped her, police said. It is the Valley Morning Star's policy to not identify victims of sexual assault, or their exact relationship to the suspect if the relationship can be used to identify the victim.

"We assume (the abuse had) been going on for some time," Salinas said. "We don't know for sure, but at least six months."

The girl is three-months pregnant and remains in her parents' home.

Child Protective Services social workers are investigating the home to determine whether the parents knew their daughter was being raped, authorities said. However, Salinas said there was no indication the parents were aware of the sexual assault before the doctor's examination.

Police continued to search for Guzman on Thursday but said they did not have any leads on his whereabouts.

"We think he went back to Mexico because he's an undocumented immigrant, but we don't know," Salinas said.

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