Local Restaurant Owner Guilty of Indecency with Child

Local Restaurant Owner Guilty of Indecency with Child

A local restaurant owner was found guilty of two counts of indecency with a 15-year-old child with a punishment of 10 years’ probation.
A local restaurant owner was found guilty of two counts of indecency with a 15-year-old child with a punishment of 10 years’ probation.

Gabriel Alvarado Torres, who owns Venezuelan restaurant Café Unique, was charged with two counts of indecency with a child after an incident dating back to 2012.

According to assistant district attorney Andrew van der Hoeven, Alvarado Torres had an affair with a woman during December of 2012.

During the affair, Alvarado Torres had a moment alone with her 15-year-old teenage daughter, van der Hoeven said.

The teenage girl took the stand during Wednesday’s trial detailing what happened on the morning of December 19, 2012.

In her testimony, she detailed how Alvarado Torres sat on her bed and touched her. She said Alvarado Torres began by touching her knee area and moved his way up to her private area.

Then, the teen said Alvarado Torres took her hand, making her touch his private area.

But Alvarado Torres denied the allegations. Also taking the stand, Alvarado Torres said he was 100 percent positive he had not touched her and 1,000 percent positive he did not make her touch him.

But the jury was not on his side. The verdict came in less than an hour and he was found guilty on both counts.

“I can’t say specifically what went wrong,” said defense attorney Alvaro Martinez. “I just think that they believed one side more than the other.”

The victim’s family was pleased with the jury’s decision and said they will now use the case to speak to others about sexual abuse.

“Her bravery paid off because I wouldn’t want anybody else that was in her situation to keep quiet,” the victim’s aunt said. “It’s always best to tell someone, speak up.”

Alvarado Torres will have to serve his 10 years’ probation, register as a sex offender, pay a fine and wear a tracking device.

“Those people don’t deserve to be out here amongst other children,” the girl’s aunt said.

Martinez said that despite the loss, they received a fair punishment.

“We’re glad that the jury awarded or at least recommended community supervision,” Alvarado Torres said.

They are expected to meet Thursday to discuss a possible appeal.

“We’re not happy about the verdict but if you do have to be convicted then probation is probably the best outcome in that situation,” Martinez said.

The victim’s family said they are trying to find the silver lining in the situation, even for the teen.

“Takes it and makes it a positive,” her aunt said. “Perhaps by herself being a voice to other victims.”

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