LA PAZ – A 48-year-old Bolivian was arrested in the eastern town of San Julian accused of raping his two stepdaughters over the last nine years and fathering their six children, the press said Monday.
The situation came to light through letters sent by the victims, ages 17 and 19, to Bolivian health authorities describing the alleged abuse to which they were subjected.
“Please help me, my stepfather abuses me and keeps me locked up so I can’t talk to anyone,” one of the letters said.
The younger stepdaughter had two children with the suspected rapist, while the elder has had four, the latest born last Friday.
The prosecutor in charge of the case, Adan Arteaga Mancilla, told the press that the attacks on the elder to the sisters began when she was 11, and that the following year she got pregnant with her first son.
Abuse of the second girl began when she was 12 and, according to the prosecutor, she would be forced to have sex while accompanying her stepfather to collect firewood.
“He threatened to kill them. Even the mother knew of the abuse, but since he was a violent man, she didn’t dare report him,” the prosecutor said.
The accused child molester has been sought by police for some time but he escaped to the mountains, where peasants of the area found and caught him to hand him over to security forces.
The man in custody, who denies the accusations, is being held without bail. EFE