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Derwood, MD – In a shocking turn of events, Ervin Jeovany Alfaro Lopez, a 33-year-old illegal migrant from El Salvador, has been arrested and charged with more than 20 counts of sex abuse and sex offenses against minors. The charges stem from his time working as a church teacher at a Derwood church located in the 15700 block of Crabbs Branch Way in Montgomery County, Maryland.

MD Church Teacher Arrested For Child Sexual Abuse

Ervin Jeovany Alfaro Lopez was apprehended by the Montgomery County Department of Police on Monday following allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The incidents in question are reported to have occurred between 2016 and 2018 at the church located in the 15700 block of Crabbs Branch Way in Montgomery County. The victims, who were between the ages of 6 and 12 at the time, have shared their harrowing experiences with investigators.

Illegal Immigrant – Church Employee Charged With 2nd-Degree Child Rape

Alfaro Lopez faces charges that include rape in the second degree, two counts of sex offense in the third degree, and multiple counts of sex abuse against minors. The investigation was initiated in May after one victim came forward, and subsequently, three more victims disclosed their abuse in September and January. Shockingly, one of the victims was revealed to be the daughter of the church pastor.

Church’s Response to Accusations of Multiple Child Sexual Assault

A father of one of the victims informed investigators that he had spoken to the pastor and believed that the incident had been dealt with internally by the church. However, it is now apparent that Alfaro-Lopez was not permitted to continue teaching at the church due to unspecified issues. The victims have recounted that the abuse often occurred during prayer sessions when their eyes were closed. Alfaro-Lopez allegedly touched them both over and under their clothing.

Church Teacher In Country Illegally Accused of Sexually Abusing Four Girls

Ervin Jeovany Alfaro Lopez is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has taken action to deport Alfaro-Lopez should he be released. According to ICE, Alfaro-Lopez has entered the country illegally on at least three occasions and has been subject to two previous deportation orders.

Undocumented Church Teacher Facing 20+ Child Sex Crimes Deported Twice in Past

Alfaro-Lopez’s immigration history reveals multiple encounters with law enforcement. In March 2015, he was initially arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol near Lake Charles, Louisiana, for unlawfully entering the country. He was subsequently removed in September 2018. In January 2019, he was re-arrested in the U.S., granted voluntary departure, and left the country in April 2019. However, in March 2020, he was caught by Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, after illegally re-entering the country. He was processed for expedited removal and deported in March 2020.

Despite an immigration detainer being issued against Alfaro-Lopez on the same day as his arrest in August, the Montgomery County Detention Center reportedly refused to comply with the order. Consequently, Alfaro-Lopez was released from custody on August 11, 2023.

The legal proceedings will proceed in the Montgomery County Circuit Court, where Alfaro-Lopez will face the charges brought against him.

Concerns of Public Safety During Illegal Immigrant Surge

The case has raised concerns about the handling of illegal immigrants with a history of criminal activity and the importance of cooperation between local law enforcement and immigration authorities in ensuring public safety.

The Montgomery County Police Department and ICE continue to investigate the allegations against Alfaro Lopez, focusing on the potential impact on the victims and the steps that can be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Unveiling Legal Avenues for Victims: Attorney Interview on Civil Cases for Church Teacher Abuse

Attorney Laurence Banville engaged in a recent discussion with sexual abuse attorney Aaron Blank, Esq., a respected local Maryland clergy abuse lawyer. Together, they explore the practical steps and legal strategies available to victims of church teacher abuse seeking redress through civil litigation against accountable parties. Blank shares valuable information and guidance on navigating the complexities of pursuing justice and compensation for survivors of church sex abuse.

Laurence Banville, Esq. (LB): Aaron, for victims of abuse by church teachers like in the recent case in Maryland, what legal recourse do they have in pursuing civil action?

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Victims of such heinous acts can seek justice through civil lawsuits against the liable parties. They can hold not only the perpetrator accountable but also the institution or individuals who may have enabled or failed to prevent the abuse.

LB: What steps can these victims take to initiate a civil case and seek compensation for the harm they’ve endured?

AB: Victims can start by consulting with experienced attorneys who specialize in sexual abuse cases. Together, they can gather evidence, build a strong case, and navigate the legal process to pursue justice and obtain compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological damages suffered.

LB: In your experience, what challenges do victims typically face when pursuing civil cases against institutions like churches?

AB: Victims often encounter challenges such as institutional resistance, statute of limitations issues, and complex legal procedures. However, with dedicated legal representation and advocacy, victims can overcome these obstacles and hold accountable those responsible for their suffering.

LB: Thank you, Aaron, for shedding light on this important aspect of seeking justice for victims of church teacher abuse through civil litigation.

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