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Pedro Artega Velazquez, 53, of Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, has been arrested in the alleged rape of his disabled stepdaughter.

The girl suffers from schizophrenia and epilepsy. He allegedly raped her three years ago, when she was 14. She was finally able to convey to her mother what occurred, and prosecutors issued an arrest warrant.

Artega works as a street performer -- his street name wasn't reported -- and was found by police while he was juggling on a corner in Juarez. Which sort-of explains this:

Street name? Eh. "Dirtbag" will do.

Source: El Paso Times

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Posted by Mike from Dallas on August 9, 2010:

I'm tending to agree with Mike in MA and Robert in MO. There is a sentiment here in Texas that the penalties for child molesters aren't strong enough to deter them, so there are calls to raise them to include the death penalty. Problem is, since the death penalty is currently warranted only for capital murder (not even for 1st degree murder), there would be no incentive to keep molesters from killing their victims to make it harder for conviction. (Dead victims can't testify.)

The vengeance factor is completely understandable, but not practical. And the law really needs to be predicated upon practicality.

Posted by Robert in Missouri on August 9, 2010:

If only we had more legislators and legislation that had a practical basis, we'd probably be in a hell of a lot better shape as a country right now. The sad thing is the fly in the ointment is man (I mean both sexes here), with his unfortunate tendency to let emotions and personal idiosyncrasies trump logic.

Posted by Laura, ME on August 12, 2010:

"Rape is a horrible crime. Child rape several levels above horrible. And the only thing in that class that's worse, in my book, is a false accusation of that crime, especially a purposeful one. Thus, in my book, people who make such false accusations should suffer a worse penalty." -rc

I agree, but I sure hope it would be implemented to require a high burden of proof--equal to that for convicting a rapist. It would certainly have to be implemented differently than in this case, say.

I think that at the least, failure to convict a rapist should not automatically lead to a trial for the accuser. It should be based on specific articulable facts that point to the accusation being false. Rape is often a hard crime to prove, especially if the rapist was not a stranger--it so often comes down to he-said/she-said--that there will always be a significant number of cases where a rape did occur, but there was not enough evidence to convict. If you think reporting rates for rape are bad now, imagine what they'd be if every failure to convict resulted in a lengthy trial for the person reporting the rape.

(Regrettably, I think that ANY law that creates lengthy sentences for false accusations of rape will depress rates of report of actual rapes as well as false rapes, but there should be a balance of victims' rights and accuseds' rights, so I would still support such a law if it was implemented reasonably.)

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