HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Singer Cecilio Rodriguez is still locked up in a Los Angeles jail cell awaiting trial for sexual assault charges on two children.
The Los Angeles District Attorney's office says the girls were young at the time of the crime. One was between 7 and 8 years old. The other was 9 to 10 years old. Now they are 21 and 22 years old. That's important because in California if the victim was under 18 at the time of the crime, and the prosecution begins before the victim turns 28, then they can still prosecute. Otherwise the statute of limitations kicks in.
The victim's say the molestations happened between 1996 and 1999 but they weren't reported until a few months ago. It is common for young victims to wait before reporting the crime.
"The great majority of people who have been sexually abused as children, the research tend to show that those people may never report. That shocks a lot of people," said Marvin Acklin, PhD, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.
Dr. Marvin Acklin has dealt with pedophiles, those that prey on kids. He says even those with a public image to protect can display deviant behavior.
"Sexually addictive behaviors bring down the biggest people. If you're not being careful, if you're not aware of what your concerns are, if you're not keeping track of them, and if you're engaging in risky behaviors even the high and mighty can fall," said Dr. Acklin.
Dr. Acklin points out Rodriguez is innocent until proven guilty and false reports happen. Just because a person went through the sex offender treatment program before, like Rodriguez once did, doesn't mean they'll reoffend.
The state Department of Public Safety says in the past 10 years (January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2010) a total of 579 sex offenders were released from Hawaii's prison. Six of them or less than one percent returned to prison for new sexual assault convictions. However that does not account for those arrested but not convicted, or who committed misdemeanor sex offenses that did not require new sentences.
"It seems to be that sex offenders reoffend at a rate much lower than other types of criminal behavior. That's an extremely important point," said Dr. Acklin.
As to Rodriguez's case his next court date is October 13.