- Sexual Abuse-1st Degree
- Conviction Date: 6/2/1994
- Age at conviction: 28
- Victim's Age: 8
A 44-year-old New York man is under arrest this morning for a sexual assault on a 12-year-old boy in Philadelphia's Frankford section.
Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit has identified the suspect as 44-year-old Robert Alvarez of New York City. Alvarez was charged with sexual assault and remains in police custody.
About 10 Saturday night, police found Alvarez, a registered sex offender, along with the boy inside a van at Hayworth and Rutland streets. Two people who live in the neighborhood called police after spotting the van with New York license plates and becoming suspicious about it.
"When I was walking by, I saw the kid in the van, and then he closed up the van, and said get inside, and that's when I realized something was wrong," Luis Colon told Action News.Alvarez is a registered sex offender in New York City and was visiting friends in Philadelphia.
"The cops came, they drug the guy out of the van," said Vanessa Gonzalez. "The little boy came out, he was shaking, he was terrified."
"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
"On average most sex offenders are never caught again for a new sex offense, after five years, between 10 and 15 percent of sex offenders are detected, often convicted, of committing a new sex offense. If you follow them for ten years the rates go up somewhat, if you follow them as long as we’ve been able to follow them, which is about 20 years, the rates go up to somewhere between 30 to 40 percent of the total sample will eventually be caught for a new sex offense."Dr. R. Karl Hansen