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Derwood, MD - Derwood Church Teacher, Ervin Jeovany Alfaro-Lopez, Charged with Sexually Assaulting Multiple Children in Country Illegally

Derwood, MD - Derwood Church Teacher, Ervin Jeovany Alfaro-Lopez, Charged with Sexually Assaulting Multiple Children in Country Illegally
Published: March 15, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on March 15, 2024

Illegal Migrant Charged with Sex Abuse of Minors While Working as Church Teacher in Maryland

Fox News has reported that a shocking case has emerged in Maryland, where an illegal migrant from El Salvador, Ervin Jeovany Alfaro Lopez, 33, has been charged with more than 20 counts of sex abuse and sex offenses involving minors. The incidents allegedly occurred between 2016 and 2018 while Alfaro Lopez worked as a church teacher in a Derwood church located within the 15700 block on Crabbs Branch Way in Montgomery County.

According to the Montgomery County Circuit court, the victims, who were between the ages of 6 and 12 at the time, reported that the abuse took place during prayer sessions, with Alfaro Lopez reportedly touching them inappropriately over and under their clothing. The investigation was initiated in May after one victim came forward, and subsequently, three more victims shared similar experiences in September and January. Shockingly, one of the victims was the daughter of the church pastor, further adding to the gravity of the situation.

The Montgomery County Department of Police arrested Alfaro Lopez on Monday, March 11, 2024, charging him with sex abuse of a minor, rape in the second-degree, and two counts of sex offense in the third-degree related to the incidents. 

Alfaro Lopez's immigration status has also come under scrutiny. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has stated that he has entered the country illegally on at least three occasions and has been subject to two previous deportation orders. ICE has now moved to deport Alfaro Lopez should he be released.

It is reported that Alfaro Lopez's previous encounters with law enforcement date back to 2015 when he was first arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol near Lake Charles, Louisiana, for unlawful entry. He was subsequently removed from the country in September 2018. However, he re-entered the U.S. in January 2019 and voluntarily left the country in April of the same year. In a concerning turn of events, Alfaro Lopez was caught again in March 2020 by the 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. It remains unclear when Alfaro Lopez re-entered the U.S. again.

ICE officials expressed bewilderment over Alfaro-Lopez's subsequent unauthorized re-entry into the country, highlighting gaps in immigration enforcement procedures. The severity of his alleged crimes escalated over time, with charges ranging from second-degree rape to multiple counts of sexual assault involving minors.

Currently held without bail at the Montgomery County Detention Center, Alfaro-Lopez's case underscores the challenges posed by migrant-related crimes on law enforcement resources. Police Chief Keith Conley of Kenner, Louisiana, emphasized the strain undocumented individuals place on local law enforcement agencies, citing difficulties in verifying their identities and potential financial burdens.

In response to concerns over immigration policies, a group of over 20 GOP lawmakers recently criticized the Biden administration's handling of migrant influxes and raised alarms about operational risks associated with large-scale migrant flights into the United States. The ongoing case involving Alfaro-Lopez serves as a stark reminder of the complex issues surrounding immigration enforcement and public safety.

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Understanding the Path to Justice: Civil Cases Against Church Abuse

In a recent interview, we had the opportunity to speak with Aaron Blank, Esq., an experienced clergy sexual abuse attorney representing survivors across the state of Maryland. With a focus on providing guidance to victims who have suffered abuse at the hands of church teachers, Aaron Blank shared valuable information about the available legal options for pursuing civil cases against those responsible. Join us as we explore the path to justice and accountability in the aftermath of such distressing incidents.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us, Mr. Blank.

Aaron Blank, Esq. (AB): Thank you for having me, Darla. It's an important topic that needs attention.

DM: Absolutely. In light of the recent case involving the church teacher in Maryland, what avenues are available for the victims who have suffered abuse to seek justice through civil litigation?

AB: Victims who have experienced abuse at the hands of a church teacher, like in this case, may have grounds for pursuing a civil case. They can potentially hold the liable parties accountable and seek compensation for the harm they have endured.

DM:  What steps should these victims take if they wish to pursue a civil case?

AB:  It's crucial for victims to seek legal counsel from experienced attorneys specializing in sexual abuse cases. They should gather any evidence or documentation related to the abuse, including medical records and witness statements. Promptly reporting the abuse to authorities and seeking therapy or counseling are also important steps in building a strong case.

DM: Are there any challenges victims might face when pursuing civil cases against liable parties?

AB: Unfortunately, victims may encounter challenges throughout the legal process. It's not uncommon for liable parties to deny allegations or attempt to evade responsibility. Additionally, there may be legal complexities involved, such as statutes of limitations or issues related to identifying the liable parties. This is why having an attorney well-versed in clergy abuse cases is crucial; they can navigate these challenges and advocate for the victims' rights.

DM: What advice would you offer to victims who are considering pursuing a civil case?

AB: My advice would be to reach out to a trusted attorney who specializes in sexual abuse cases, particularly those involving clergy abuse. They can provide the necessary guidance and support, ensuring that victims understand their rights and the legal process. It's crucial to take the time to heal emotionally and seek any necessary counseling or support during this challenging time.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Blank, for sharing your insights and expertise on this important matter. We appreciate your time and valuable perspective.

AB: Thank you, Darla. I hope this conversation helps victims understand that they are not alone and that there are legal avenues available to seek justice and hold those responsible accountable.

Were You Abused at a Church? Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one have been affected by church teacher abuse, do not hesitate to reach out to us for a confidential and complimentary consultation. Our team, led by sexual abuse attorney Aaron Blank, Esq., is dedicated to providing support and guidance to victims and their families as they navigate the legal process. Your voice deserves to be heard, and we are here to help you seek the justice and closure you deserve. Contact us today to take the first step towards healing and holding accountable those responsible for the harm inflicted.


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