A Tacoma teenager’s mention of a childhood sexual assault in her college admissions essay may finally see justice after news of the assault led to arrest warrants being issued in Pierce County against a fugitive 58-year-old sex offender.
According to court documents, the 18-year-old woman wrote that she had been sexually assaulted by an adult male neighbor named “Lalo” who had a wife named Belinda and a son named William. She said she and her younger sister would go over to Lalo’s house to play with his son and during that time she was molested. The essay quickly prompted Child Protective Services to alert the Tacoma Police Department.
Police discovered Everardo Miranda, 58, who goes by the nickname Lalo, lived near the girls during that time and that he had a wife named Belinda, a son named William, and he was also a registered sex offender who had failed to report for his monthly report date. Miranda’s wife told police that he had fled to Mexico and was never coming back.
Since so many sexual abuse cases result in no justice whatsoever, this is an incredible victory for survivors of sexual violence everywhere.