According to ICE, both suspects in this child rape case are living in the U.S. illegally. Mauricio Barrera-Navidad, 29 and Carlos Palacios-Amaya, 28 both knew the brother of the victim.
Palacios-Amaya was removed from the U.S. in 2014 and re-entered on an unknown date. Barrera-Navidad received a “final order of removal” in 2016.
Both men are Salvadoran nationals. ICE also called Carlos Palacios-Amaya a “repeat immigration violator.”
From ABC: In September 2018, the victim was introduced to her older brother’s friend, Palacios-Amaya. Over the course of the next few months, the then 27-year-old man raped the middle schooler on multiple occasions, authorities allege. The victim recalled one instance where Palacios-Amaya “used his cell phone to video record the two of them having sex,” police noted in court documents.
The victim told the social worker that Palacios-Amaya would often pressure her not to attend school so that she could stay home while her parents were at work. That gave Palacios-Amaya unsupervised access to the girl.
Investigators say while reviewing the victim’s cell phone, they located numerous photographs of Palacios-Amaya with the girl.
The other suspect, Barrera-Navidad, reportedly attended the victim’s older brother’s birthday party on July 2018. The celebration took place at a mobile home park in Germantown.
At one point in the evening, Barrera-Navidad and the 11-year-old victim entered a bedroom. According to police, Barrera-Navidad raped the girl and then continued to communicate with her via cell phone for an undisclosed period of time thereafter.
According to court documents, Barrera-Navidad was born in El Salvador, has four children and works for a demolition company. Up until his arrest, he was residing at his brother-in-law’s home along the 25900 block of Largo Court in Damascus.
Montgomery County District Court Judge Sherri Koch granted Barrera-Navidad a $100,000 (post 10 percent) bond. He remains incarcerated while awaiting trial.
Less biographical information is presently known about Palacios-Amaya, but Montgomery County District Court Judge Eric Nee denied him bond, perhaps because Palacios-Amaya is charged with four rape counts while Barrera-Navidad is charged with one.