Ex-School Counselor Wanted For Abuse Caught In Mexico

(StraightNews.org) – A female school counselor suspected of abusing an 11-year-old girl has been found and arrested in Mexico. Iliana Rodriguez, who has been on the run for nine years, was finally detained in Jalisco in December and charged with three counts of indecency with a child by sexual contact, three counts of harassment, and one count of unlawful restraint.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said Rodriguez initially came into contact with the child while working as a counselor for a CAPS (Child, Adolescent, and Parent Services) program in the city of Laredo. She later found employment as a CAPS counselor at the Border Region Behavioral Health Center, allowing her to continue to visit the victim at school.

The DPS had offered a $5,000 reward for Rodriguez’s capture, and she was found due to a Crime Stoppers tip-off.

Few details of the crime have been made public, but the Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office said Rodriguez was wanted for holding a child captive between 2014 and 2015. The DPS simply describes an “inappropriate relationship” between the counselor and at least one young child.

Female sexual assault is less common than male, but studies find that when adult male victims are involved, it is more prevalent than most people expect. A number of studies conducted since 2000 have produced various results. National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data collected over four years between 2013 and 2017 found that 35% of male victims of sexual assault described at least one female perpetrator.

When children are victims, women are offenders in only about 3% of cases. Female offenses most often relate to children under 6 – which make up 12% of instances of female pedophilia.

Hollida Wakefield, who studied offenders at the Institute of Psychological Therapies in Minnesota, said female offenders differ from males and are not necessarily prompted by sexual desire. “They don’t seem to be pedophiles like men,” she said, adding that extreme loneliness is more likely to drive women to become abusers.

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