Jose Antonio Paredes is being held at the Purgatory Correctional Facility after being arrested on ten counts of felony child sex abuse.
Thirty-six-year-old Paredes is accused of inappropriately touching the teen at least once a week for the past four years, starting when the victim was a child.
St. George police made the arrest Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex in Washington County.
Investigators have been building a case against Paredes after the victim came forward to police in November.
The alleged sex abuse happened in two Washington County cities. Court records show that some of the alleged sex abuse took place while Paredes was driving.
Paredes is charged with five counts of aggravated sex abuse of a child and five counts of sex abuse of a minor.
"Too often we see these cases where children and juveniles fall victim to sex crimes and it's sad. That is why these are nice arrests to make and hopefully hold these people accountable for their actions and know that it's not right," Sgt. Sam Despain said.
If convicted, Paredes could spend his life behind bars.
CHICAGO — Cook County prosecutors have dropped an aggravated criminal sexual abuse charge against a former Chicago priest because the alleged victim stopped cooperating.
McCormack also was arrested in 2014 in a 2005 case involving a 10-year-old alleged victim at a West Side parish, but prosecutors say as the case progressed in the courts, the victim stopped cooperating with them.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports prosecutors called out in court Wednesday to see if anyone representing the victim was there and when no one responded, they told a judge they were moving to dismiss the charge. McCormack wasn’t present.
By The Associated Press
EDWARDSVILLE -- A former southwestern Illinois teacher has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to child sexual abuse involving eight victims.
Twenty-eight-year-old Jason E. Ehlers of Bethalto was sentenced Wednesday in Madison County Circuit Court.
He pleaded guilty in December to five felonies and three misdemeanors as part of a plea bargain.
Police and prosecutors say that no current or former students were among his victims.
Ehlers resigned his teaching job after his arrest. He had previously taught at the Bethalto School District, also in Madison County.
DOVER, Delaware (AP) - A former high school teacher and wrestling coach who is facing child sex abuse charges has agreed to enter a guilty plea.
A Kent County judge scheduled a plea hearing Friday for Richard “Dickie” Howell II.
Howell was arrested in January 2015 after a female student at Caesar Rodney High School reported that he had sex with her over several months in 2014 that included encounters at school and his home.
Howell was later indicted on 50 felony counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual solicitation of a child. He had initially been charged with fourth-degree rape and continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Howell’s trial, which has been repeatedly postponed, was scheduled to begin March 8.
Carraway is facing child pornography charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein said at a news conference Tuesday. The charges mark the latest development in a sex-abuse scandal that has shaken parents' faith in Prince George's County school administrators.
According to police, Carraway is known to have victimized at least 17 children, ranging in age from 9 to 13. In addition to Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, where he stocked shelves in the library and directed an unofficial school choir, he also abused children at a church, a pool, a community center and several homes, Prince George's County police have said.
Two lawsuits, including a class-action complaint, have already been filed against the school system. According to the complaints, the school's principal, Michelle Williams — who was placed on leave after Carraway's arrest earlier this month — didn't follow up on reports by parents and teachers of predatory behavior by Carraway. When a relative showed an explicit video to Williams, she didn't call police, instead telling the relative to return to the school the next day, the lawsuits say.
The relative called police on his own, and Carraway was quickly arrested. Williams hung up when a reporter from The Associated Press reached her by phone on Tuesday.
Carraway, whose public defender declined to comment on Tuesday, admitted to investigators that he made the videos and told the kids they were part of a club he called "AKA," according to court documents.
"I know it was wrong. I'm a bad person. I'm no child of God for doing this," Carraway told investigators. "… I know I'm older and I knew it was wrong because kids don't know better and I just lost it and now it don't look good on my part."
Prosecutors said Carraway communicated with his victims and shared the videos on Kik, a messaging app that allows users to hide their identities, and gave the victims usernames for the app. One of Carraway's cellphones was found at the home of a victim, the documents said.
In one instance, Carraway asked a 9-year-old boy to take off his pants, and when the boy refused, Carraway threatened to contact the principal and police, prosecutors said. He then ordered another child to have sex with the boy and recorded the act on his phone, prosecutors said.
"I think that illustrates the evil, really, that we see in these sort of cases," Rosenstein said.
Carraway was charged with eight counts of producing child pornography, each of which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison if a defendant is convicted. He was also indicted Tuesday in state court on child-sex-abuse charges.
Although prosecutors believe Carraway acted alone in making the videos, they did not rule out the possibility that other adults could be charged as collaborators.
Prince George's County, a suburb of Washington, is the nation's wealthiest majority-black jurisdiction. The school where Carraway volunteered is 56 percent black and 39 percent Latino. Less than 20 percent of students were deemed proficient in reading and math on standardized tests last year.
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