A Geneseo man was arrested on a slew of rape and sex crime charges after police say he had sex with a young female multiple times when she was 12 and 13 years old.
Fernando Alvarado-Perez, 37, was charged with first-degree rape, a class B felony, rape in the second degree, a D felony, criminal sex act in the second degree, a D felony, and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Alvarado-Perez was arraigned in Geneseo Town Court Justice Thomas Bushnell and was remanded to the Livingston County Jail without bail.
According to Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Alvarado-Perez made statements in which he advised officers that he had come into the United States illegally about 10 years ago.
Geneseo Police then reached out to Border Patrol officers to notify them of the statements Alvarado-Perez made.
An immigration detainer was subsequently issued by the Department of Homeland Security to the Livingston County Jail where Alvarado-Perez is being held.
Border Patrol is a division of the Department of Homeland Security.
Geneseo Police adopted new policy in May designed to govern how its officers interact with individuals in neutral situations – like a traffic stop – who may be in the country illegally.
The new policy came in the aftermath of a March traffic stop in the village involving two adult women and six children suspected of being in the country illegally.
The actual traffic stop drew a crowd of protesters to Mary Jemison Drive in the village, garnered widespread media attention and spurred subsequent protests in Rochester.
Osganian said his office’s new policy didn’t really come into play in this situation because officers’ were investigating a crime they had reason to suspect had occurred.
“Our officers were concerned about investigating this incident and assisting the family the best we could with referral services to other agencies,” wrote Osganian in an email Monday morning. “His immigration status wasn’t a priority for us.”
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office assisted in this investigation.
Since news of the charges broke, Texas resident Renda Cole has created an online fundraiser for Alvarado-Perez’s alleged victim.
In an email Tuesday, Cole, who knows the alleged victim and her family, wrote that she started the fundraiser to help pay for the alleged victim’s medical care.
“This family is already in hard times,” wrote Cole in the email. “They just lost their car to an accident involving a big deer and that child is going to need a great psychologist and that’s not something the state is going to cover. If anything to help the family can be made from using the attention this gets especially with the title illegal immigrant then good. It cannot fix what he did but it can help them as they deal.”
Cole said it was her hope that the news of Alvarado-Perez’s charges would attract national media attention so that more people would donate money for his alleged victim.
The fundraiser is accessible online at gofundme.com/kaa42.