A man in Arizona was arrested for raping and impregnating an 11-year-old girl. The details of the rape are disturbing, but the horrifying aspect is that the police knew the girl had been raped. According to the girl’s mother, police refused to press charges against the 20-year-old because they said the relationship was consensual.
According to a report by ABC15 in Phoenix, Carlos Jacinto Cobo-Perez became obsessed with an 11-year-old girl that lived near him. Over several months, the man developed a relationship with the girl.
The girl’s mother told ABC15 that her daughter became infatuated with Cobo-Perez. However, the mother insisted that her daughter didn’t understand that their relationship with Cobo-Perez was wrong.
“She was infatuated,” the victim’s mother said. “She didn’t understand, she’s a kid, and any person that’s older than her can wrap her around their finger.”
The mother said she told Cobo-Perez to stay away from her daughter. Additionally, the mother instructed her daughter not to have contact with the man. Then in November 2018, the mother noticed a hickey on her daughter’s neck.
According to the mother, she reported Cobo-Perez to Phoenix police. During an interview with police, Cobo-Perez admitted to kissing the girl multiple times. Instead of arresting him, the police let him go after he agreed to leave the girl alone.
The mother told ABC15 that she spoke with police after they interviewed the man. Police notified the mother that her 11-year-old admitted to having a relationship with Cobo-Perez. Therefore, the officer told the mother the relationship was consensual.
After the initial report, the mother said she reported Cobo-Perez three more times to police. Each time the police failed to do anything to stop him from pursuing the girl.
When police failed to intervene, the victim’s stepfather told AZFamily he confronted Cobo-Perez. However, Cobo-Perez called the cops on the stepfather for harassing him.
According to the stepfather, police told him not to get involved.
“I was angry. I wanted to take care of him myself, and the police said, ‘Don’t get involved, you’re gonna get yourself in trouble,’” the stepdad said.
The stepfather said that police in Phoenix seemed less concerned about Cobo-Perez and more interested in the stepdad’s immigration status.
When the police failed to do anything, the parents closely monitored their daughter. However, Cobo-Perez followed the family wherever they went. At some point, the man met the girl outside of her school. He convinced the girl to go to his car with him. While in the car, Cobo-Perez raped the girl.
Soon rumors began to swirl around the apartment complex. The mother said she heard Cobo-Perez gloating about his relationship with her daughter. Then she said he started telling people that he was worried he got the girl pregnant.
Concerned her daughter could be pregnant; the mother took her to the hospital. At the hospital, the 11-year-old tested positive for pregnancy. The girl admitted to doctors and her mother that she had sex with Cobo-Perez in a car. She said he was the father of the baby.
Finally, the authorities responded and interviewed Cobo-Perez. During his interview, Cobo-Perez admitted to “having sex” with the girl in a parked car. Additionally, he said he did not use protection, and the baby was his. Police arrested him on charges of sexual misconduct with a minor.
At his first court appearance, Cobo-Perez asked the judge to deport him. He admitted to being in the country illegally. The judge in the case told him that the court had no jurisdiction to make that call.Now the family is worried that the man will be deported without facing any consequences in the United States.
“He needs to pay for what he did,” said the girl’s mother. “If they let him out and send him back, he’ll be able to come back pretty easily.”
Now that the parents have come forward to speak out against Phoenix police. The department admitted they interviewed him in November 2018 and let him go. Because of this massive error by the department, the matter is under an internal investigation.
To make matters worse, the mother is forcing her daughter to continue with the pregnancy. According to the mother, she doesn’t want to “ruin her daughter’s life” by “forcing” her to have an abortion.
There are so many infuriating aspects of this story. First, the police completely dropped the ball. The parents reported Cobo-Perez three separate times, and the police did nothing. Next, the parents failed to keep their daughter away from Cobo-Perez. Instead, they relied on their 11-year-old’s word that she was not seeing the man.
Then, the school failed to protect the girl by allowing her to leave with a man that is a known predator. Finally, the mother refuses to permit her daughter to have an abortion. Instead, the 11-year-old will be forced to carry a baby full-term and become a mother.
What kind of world do we live in that all of these unimaginable events can take place in one child’s life? Every single person involved with this child ultimately failed her. The police completely messed up by not arresting Cobo-Perez after he admitted to kissing her in November.
Given the severity of the situation, there is no reasonable explanation that CPS should not be removing the girl from her family’s care. Clearly, no one involved in this girl’s life is capable of making responsible choices for her.
My heart breaks for this poor girl. No 11-year-old can consent to a relationship with a grown adult. There is no such thing as consent at all at that age. Why on earth would police ever say that or believe that?
Now all the parties involved have ruined this girl’s life. She will never be the same and will be forced to raise a baby conceived by rape.
Someone needs to step in to protect this girl.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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