El Paso man suspected of molesting teen arrested; child advocates speak out

Alejandro Escudero is accused of molesting a teenager.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man for indecency with a child.

KFOX14 Investigates uncovered the details of the case, and now child advocates are warning parents about what to look out for.

Alejandro Escudero, 49, was charged with indecency with a child. He is accused of molesting the 14-year-old relative of someone he was dating.

In documents obtained by KFOX14 Investigates, detectives learned Escudero may have drugged the teen before each alleged assault.

The incidents occurred only on the days Escudero was watching the child, according to the documents.

The case brings up an issue that child advocates say is all too familiar – single parents becoming the target of sexual predators because of their children.

“It’s almost always a family member or a friend of the family, or someone who is trying to get close to the family. As a parent, we need to be very cautious of who wants to babysit our children or who wants to be alone with our children,” Susan Oliva, executive director of the Advocacy Center for Children of El Paso, said.

Oliva said parents should always ask their children how things went when they are under someone else’s care.

“Did you have a good time? What did you do? What happened?” are all questions Oliva said should be asked.

Those beginning new relationships should be vigilant of how close he or she wants to be with kids, Oliva said. And parents should let children know that it is OK to talk to them about anything.

Tell them, “You know what, you are more important to me than this new beau could ever be, and I’m going to believe you and listen to you,” Oliva said.

The Advocacy Center said some of the warning signs of abuse include a change in eating habits, staying at school longer, not wanting to come home or be around the abuser, or any change in behavior.

Escudero has worked with a business that delivers health products to senior citizens.

KFOX14 contacted that employer but did not get a response.

Escudero was jailed on an $80,000 bond.

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