A 20-year-old man accused of raping a 14-year-old girl with whom he attended high school was released on $5,000 bond and has since disappeared.
Police in Omaha, Nebraska, reported that Gabino Vargas-Perez was a junior at Central High School when he allegedly raped the girl.
According to prosecutors, Vargas-Perez is a legal U.S. resident, but his parents are in Guatemala.
Now that Vargas-Perez has fled, the victim’s fears that justice will never be served.
“I’m really frustrated, I’m really mad at the situation, at the law,” the teen’s aunt said.
The aunt alleged that Vargas-Perez stalked the victim at school for several months before they started dating. She claims that her niece reported the incidents to school administration on multiple occasions, but Omaha Public Schools claims they have no record of the reports.
Police documents revealed that Vargas-Perez told the victim that he was taking her home to meet his family. Following the introduction, he took her upstairs, took her clothes off and forced her to have sex without her consent.
The alleged rape occurred in the fall of 2016, and was reported in December.
“Her emotion, personal emotion, she’s doing really bad,” the girl’s aunt said.
Vargas-Perez’s local family paid his bond and claims that he is gone—hopefully for good.
“He’s not in the country anymore,” said a family member. “What I’ve heard, he’s not in the country. Ever since that incident happened, nobody wanted anything to do with him.”
After posting bond, Vargas-Perez failed to appear for his next court appearance. There is currently a warrant out for his arrest.
Jeffrey Marcuzzo, the judge who set his bond for Vargas-Perez, also did the same for Eswin Mejia, the illegal alien suspect who also vanished after the deadly crash that killed Sarah Root of Omaha.
“The bond amounts, you know, they gotta be higher,” Sarah Root’s father, Scott Root, said.
Vargas-Perez’s strong family ties outside the U.S. concern prosecutors.
“He’s from Guatemala,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said. “I don’t know where he is at this point in time.”
A fugitive task force is working to find Vargas-Perez but, even if they do, they might not be able to facilitate his return to the U.S. to face charges.
“There are some countries that will not extradite individuals whether they are a national citizen of their country or if they’re a citizen of another country,” Chief Deputy of the U.S. Marshals District of Nebraska, Jaime Galindo, said.
“This costs a lot of money. It’s unfortunate,” Kleine added. “But people skip bond like this when the bonds aren’t high enough.”
Vargas-Perez’s family said they thought he wanted his case to go to court, and he was even calling local defense attorneys prior to fleeing.
“He leaves us with the consequences of looking bad, or something like that. But that’s on him,” the family member said.
H/T: KETV 7
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