Rape victim's mom speaks out
The mother of a teenager allegedly raped by the owner of a Spanish newspaper in the Lehigh Valley is speaking out.
It's 69 News' policy not to identify rape victims, but in this story, you'll hear directly from the mother of the alleged victim. She said she feels so strongly about this that she and her daughter asked 69 News to show her face on TV.
She said her daughter is a victim of Ricardo Montero. Montero is the founder of El Torero, a Spanish newspaper in Allentown. He was arrested Friday, accused of raping a 15 year-old girl. He has a preliminary hearing set for Friday.
"My whole purpose for doing this interview is to put a face to the circumstance, what happened to her because I honestly believe that not many girls were able to say something about what this man did to them," said Sharl Morris, who thinks there may be other victims.
"I'm letting them know that it's okay for them to say something. Thank God my daughter did or else he would have been on the street doing the same things over and over again," said Morris.
Morris said the alleged attack happened Dec. 5 when her daughter was on her way to dance class.
"I said to my daughter, 'How do you know this man?' She said over the years he's been saying hi to her, hello, so in the back of her mind, it's just a neighbor," said Morris.
In 2002 Montero pleaded guilty to patronizing prostitutes. According to the Megan's Law website, in 2002 he was convicted of indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor.
"This has been rough for my daughter, but thank God, as I said before, she's doing okay," said Morris.
While Morris is asking people to boycott Montero's businesses, this week's edition of El Torero shows he transferred the paper's ownership to Nancy Moreno. She has been identified to 69 News as Montero's girlfriend.
"I'm going to fight tooth and nail to the end with or without a lawyer." Morris said.
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