Stock photo, blog post by John Hoff
Normally, when I write about criminal complaints, I use the word "allegedly" with an invisible eye roll. Often the evidence of criminal wrongdoing is overwhelming and saying "allegedly" is more an act of ritual than a statement of substance.
But in this case, THIS PARTICULARLY HORRIBLE CASE, I want to emphasize there is no confession and there is no physical evidence that a guy known as "The Chapo" molested a 12-year-old girl while on the rooftop of a garage watching fireworks on the Fourth of July.
The alleged incident took place at 3618 Girard Ave. N., which is a...
...homesteaded property. A 12-year-old girl was in Minneapolis visiting relatives, at least one of which was her uncle, known as "The Chapo." His actual name can be found in a criminal complaint linked here. Due to the minimal evidence in this case, I am not publishing his name. I'd be glad to publish it if he were found guilty.
"The Chapo" is 23 years old. On the Fourth of July, the victim, The Chapo and other family members watched fireworks on the roof of a garage. Afterward, the victim was left with The Chapo, and (allegedly) bad things happened. The victim was reportedly threatened and told to keep silent, but she spoke up around August 13.
As much as I've pointed out there's little evidence in this case ("The Chapo" has only admitted he was on top of the garage alone with his niece, hardly a crime) it would be easier to believe "The Chapo" if he didn't habitually use an alias and if he didn't have criminal convictions for driving without a license, theft of moveable property, disorderly conduct, domestic assault, (intentionally inflicting bodily harm) and twice violating orders to stay out of contact with his victims. In fact, The Chapo is on probation until mid-May of 2014.
I guess it's easy to believe that, being a dirt bag, The Chapo did this dirt bag thing. That's the way I'm leaning. But it's a close case. And it's a rare and very cold day SOMEWHERE when I won't print the name associated with a criminal allegation. But guess what? It's a VERY cold day and The Chapo just caught a tiny break.
Moral of the story? Dirt bags shouldn't hang out alone with 12-year-old females, even if the 12-year-old happens to be their blood relative.