Serial child rapist released by judge six years ago
13 December 2006, MADRID — A serial child rapist who carried out a string of attacks was released by mistake by a judge six years earlier, it emerged on Wednesday.
13 December 2006
MADRID — A serial child rapist who carried out a string of attacks was released by mistake by a judge six years earlier, it emerged on Wednesday.
Raul Perez Lopez was allowed to walk free despite the fact a father caught him molesting his daughter in 2000.
A judge charged him with attempted burglary not sexual assault and Lopez was set free without his details being put into the sex offenders' directory.
Lopez was arested last week in Madrid in connection with eight rapes, six sexual assaults, seven burglaries and a number of armed threats on children in the capital.
The 31-year-old has been hunted for four years after police realised they were looking for a serial child abuser.
Special patrols were mounted around schools and playgrounds in Madrid.
But police have been hampered by the lack of any DNA evidence and the young age of the victims from making a breakthrough until now.
The suspect was arrested after police narrowed their search to one individual who had a previous criminal record.
The man would snare his victims by gaining their confidence and then making threats if they tried to get away.
Eleven children recognised the man who was arrested as the same individual who had attacked them.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news