By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON, Ind. —
A teenager accused of raping an 11-year-old girl had his initial hearing Monday afternoon through Madison Circuit Court’s video court.
Victor M. Perez, 17, is charged with rape, criminal deviant conduct and child molestation, all Class B felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if he’s convicted.
A non-citizen from Guatemala, Perez cannot speak English and had to have an interpreter present for his hearing under Judge Stephen Clase.
He is accused of raping the daughter of the family he was staying with and is being charged as an adult in the case.
His charges all stem from the same alleged incident, in which the girl described going to Perez’s room to watch a DVD when he pulled her into his bed and forced himself upon her, according to the probable cause affidavit.
According to the affidavit, the incident is believed to have occurred some time in the month of September.
The girl’s mother discovered what happened when she confronted her daughter about her change in behavior, the police report said.
The girl described the incident in detail to police and Perez was arrested at Anderson High School on Friday, according to the report.
Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said Perez is in the U.S. to attend school at Anderson High School and had been staying with the family since April.
Whether he was with the family under a sanctioned student exchange program has not yet been determined, he added.
Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman Jr. appointed Anderson attorney Steve Smith to act as a guardian for Perez because he has no family available, Cummings said.
His bond has been set at $20,000, full cash only. Clase said Perez is considered a flight risk because he is an illegal immigrant who has no ties to the community.
Perez told Clase that he has immigrant court in Chicago in 2014. Whether he is convicted or not, Cummings said he will still have to face that court.
The court and date for Perez’s criminal trial has not yet been determined.
Reporter Dani Palmer contributed to this report.