A Guatemalan court specialized in feminicide issues issued this Tuesday what constitutes the first conviction against one of the 22 teachers and workers of the Ministry of Education accused of sexual abuse of the same number of girls in recent years in the north of the Central American country.
The sentence ruled 27 years of unchangeable prison for the crimes of rape and sexual assault on Armando Filiberto Vaidez Juárez, alias “El Profe”, for having sexually abused a 15-year-old indigenous girl, whom for reasons of protection of your identity reserves your name.
According to the investigations validated by the court, Vaidez Juárez exercised his local power as director of the Departmental Coordination of the educational portfolio and raped the minor between 2018 and 2020, when she was only between 12 and 14 years old.
After the investigation carried out and the evidence presented by the Fiscal Agency of the Cobán Women’s Prosecutor’s Office, a conviction of 27 years and 8 months in immutable prison was handed down against Armando Filiberto Vaidez Juárez, pic.twitter.com/uGQXsby2Q8
– MP from Guatemala (@MPguatemala)
September 15, 2021
According to the Law Firm for Human Rights with a Feminist Approach, Vaidez Juárez is the first of 22 teachers in the public system accused of 22 sexual abuse of Mayan Q’eqchi ‘and Poqomchi girls in Verapaz, northern Guatemala.
In addition to this sentence against “El Profe”, three other cases are in the final phase of the trial, pending a favorable resolution for the girls and adolescents.
#FueEnLaEscuela The case is one of 22 complaints of sexual violence against girls and adolescents by school teachers in Alta Verapaz. For Liliann Vásquez, of the Human Rights Law Firm with a Feminist Approach, the sentence can be a message of hope for girls. pic.twitter.com/GI8LRQp4AO
– Pia Flores (@PiaLaPeriodista)
September 14, 2021
During the first seven months of 2021, the Guatemalan Prosecutor’s Office had registered almost 37,000 cases of violence against women, in addition to 5,389 complaints of abuse against children and 5,072 sexual assaults against women.
In addition, the Central American country registers a daily average of 237 complaints of attacks against girls and women, according to data from the Guatemalan justice system.