LA PAZ – Bolivian police arrested a man as he was trying to flee after raping a little girl and he stands accused of sexually abusing at least four other children, local media reported Thursday.
The man, identified as Hernan R.S., 30, was captured on Wednesday as he was trying to flee in a bus after being surprised a few days earlier raping a girl on a hill in the central Bolivian town of Ivirgarzama, said the assistant director of the Cochabamba provincial Felcc special anti-crime force, Col. Yuri Tapia, according to Erbol Radio.
Tapia said that the alleged rapist, a coca grower by profession, “could be a serial rapist” who sought victims “between nine and 10 years old.”
The police official added that four other complaints had been received regarding possible victims of the man, who served time in prison in 2009 for the same type of crime.
The case comes after this week Bolivian Public Defender Rolando Villena said that a 5-year-old girl who was admitted to a hospital was raped there by a male nurse caring for her and later died while being transported to another hospital.
Bolivia is the Latin American country with the highest rate of physical violence against women and the second-highest rate, after Haiti, of sexual violence, according to figures compiled by the UN.