Rapist Now Living In Same Neighborhood As Victims
By: Erich R. Ebel
A man who went to jail earlier this week for 2 child rape charges is now out and living in the same area as the girls.
An entire neighborhood feels they're being held hostage in their own homes tonight.
A man who went to jail earlier this week for 2 child rape charges is now out and living in the same area as the girls. The question is, how and why did this happen? A detail in a case was overlooked and because of that, children and their parents in a Spokane Valley neighborhod are having to deal with a horrifying situation. Just so you know, in this story you won't see many faces. News 4 did not want to identify the victims on screen. Jo hasn't stopped crying all week. Last Sunday her 11-year-old daughter told her she was raped by a neighbor, someone she trusted. "He was like a dad, he always called me his fourth daughter because he has three little girls." "I haven't been able to work, you don't sleep, you check your doors, make sure your locked." Jo went straight to police and 30-year-old Tony Boteilho was arrested. He's charged with 1st and 2nd degree rape of a child. But prosecutors say Jo's daughter is not the only victim.
"He's a monster, this whole neighborhood's destroyed." Kathy's little girl is 13. She used to babysit for Boteilho, but for the last month she saw changes in her daughter and then she heard what happened. Now she's angry. "I would kill Tony if he walks over here and tries to talk to my daughter. I'm gonna blow him away. I've told the detective that and all they can say is that they're sorry that he's there." Earlier this week, Boteilho made his first appearance in court. According to the prosecutor, in court records, Boteilho has admited to the rapes. He was told by the judge not to contact the girls. But according to the people closest to the case, that's when the system failed.
"Whether we want to call it 'fell through the crack' or any negligence here, I don't know." Captain John Simmons isn't sure why Boteilho was allowed to go home to the very same neighborhood where the girls live. But police do not believe he's a threat anymore. "I'm certain that he must feel a certain amount of the community looking at him." Kathy says Boteilho knows he's been watched, but he likes it. "They're trying to intimidate the neighborhood, they're playing the victim and they're not the victim here." Kathy and Jo want to believe the justice system works. "I think the court system so far has let us down. I wish he was still in jail. It was really hard for me when I looked out there and he was outside. I never thought that I'd have to see him again."
Boteilho was supposed to be arraigned next Thursday but because of a call News 4 placed to the prosecutor on this case, he should be in court a lot earlier. At that time, the prosecutor will ask that Boteilho not be allowed to return home. But until then, these children have to live with the fact that he's there.
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