An illegal immigrant thought he had a “brilliant” and fool-proof idea in order to be allowed to stay in the US. He believed that being a father to a newborn American citizen would be his license to remain in the country.
Not only was he proven wrong. He will also face criminal charges for his actions.
Undocumented immigrant Horacio Alvarado, 32, took a paternity test he thought would somehow legalize his stay in the U.S. However, the test only resulted in more severe charges for Alvarado because the mother of the child was only 15 years old. A criminal complaint says the teenage girl also happened to be Alvarado’s stepdaughter.
The complaint further says that Alvarado now faces three felonies for what investigators say were several years of sustained sexual assaults against the young mother of the child. His wife knew about the assaults against her own daughter yet did nothing in her power to stop the abuses, or charge Alvarado for his crime.
Alvarado is now facing charges of first-degree sexual assault, resulting in pregnancy, repeated sexual assault of a child and incest.
Alvarado’s wife is also charged with child neglect considered a misdemeanor.
The criminal complaint became possible when the victim came forward last month to report the abuses she suffered from Alvarado. The young woman said the abuses started when she was only 14 years old and went on for four years.
The assaults happened in their family’s south side home, usually when her mother was spending late nights at work or was asleep.
Her mother finally witnessed one of the assaults when she was 17 when she walked in on them. The daughter lamented, however, that her own mother did not do anything about the assault except to merely talk to her undocumented immigrant husband “in Spanish” while saying nothing to her. There were no words of comfort or reassurance even. As such, the assaults continued even after the mother discovered the abuse.
The girl eventually got pregnant. The daughter told her mother about her condition, and a paternity test is taken in 2015 established that Alvarado was the father of the child. Earlier this year, Alvarado and the victim got involved in a custody dispute.
Oddly, according to court records, a court commissioner last month gave an interim order allowing Alvarado primary placement for the child, while providing the child’s mother- and Alvarado’s victim- “reasonable visitation rights.”
Alvarado apparently fell for the so-called “anchor baby myth”, that having a child born in the U.S. might protect illegal immigrants from deportation. There’s no truth to such, even when the birth is not the result of sexual assault like in Alvarado’s case.
Alvarado pleaded not guilty during a court appearance last week. He is being held on $20,000 bail. A bail hearing is set for next week.