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Incest-pregnancy case to go to trial

Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández

By The Star Staff

Justice Secretary Domingo Emanuelli Hernández announced late Monday that Judge Héctor López determined cause for trial against Alexis Alicea Torres of Lajas, accused of sexually abusing and impregnating his daughter.

“This case has shocked the people because of the abhorrent acts committed against a minor precisely by those who had a duty to care for her, guide her and protect her,” Emanuelli Hernández said in a written statement. “The process is being carried out focused on the victim and her recovery, with the highest degree of empathy and a high sense of justice.”

The accused, who was arrested on Aug. 14, will face trial on charges of incest, sexual assault, child abuse and threatening witnesses.

The judge also found cause for trial against Liz Rodríguez González, the teenager’s stepmother, for three counts of child abuse under Article 59 of Law 246-2011.

The arraignment will be held on Nov. 6, with the trial scheduled to begin on Dec. 4.

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