A Maryland man is facing criminal charges for allegedly raping and impregnating a 13-year-old with special needs.
Reynaldo Mora, 41, an undocumented immigrant, is accused of carrying out the assault in February after the victim’s family asked him to watch the teen at their Kensington home. It was then that he took the girl to a bedroom and forced her to have sex with him, according to WJLA.
Police explained that the 13-year-old has the mental capacity of a first grader and can only communicate through “gestures and writing.”
WJLA reported that the teen took a home pregnancy test in mid-April, which came back positive. This reportedly led her aunt to take her to the hospital where staff confirmed that she was 11-weeks pregnant.
It was then that the teen apparently confirmed Mora as the father of her unborn child.
The revelation led to Mora’s arrest on April 19. In May, defense attorney Jose Campos filed a motion to reconsider bond where he provided multiple reasons why his client should be released. According to the news station, the document stated that Mora had no previous criminal record, he’s willing to relinquish his passport, and that he must pay $1,000 a month in child support.
Moreover, the defense attorney claimed his client’s boss has offered him a place to stay in Rockville. The boss has a 3-year-old child of their own, he wrote.
The judge overseeing the case granted Mora’s release on June 1. However, Montgomery County officials turned the Mexican native over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on June 6 as the federal agency filed their own detainer.
While authorities conducted a paternity test, it’ll take 90 days until they get the results. During a recent interview with WJLA, Campos suggested that someone else might’ve impregnated the 13-year-old.
A trial in Montgomery County is scheduled for October.
“He willingly submitted to a DNA test and he is hopeful that this DNA test is going to clear everything,” Campos said.
[Featured image: Reynaldo Mora/Montgomery County Police]