The abuse began when the girl was 10 years old, the DA’s office said. Aldana molested the girl for two years before she told her mother. The girl’s mother asked her where Aldana had touched her and told her to “stop play-fighting” with Aldana “because her body was changing,” according to the DA’s office. The girl’s mother did not kick Aldana out of the house or contact law enforcement because she was dependent on his income, officials said.
“A few weeks” after the victim told her mother about the abuse, Aldana raped the girl in her bedroom. He went into her room naked in the early hours of the morning, “pounced” on her and held her down, the DA’s office said.
After Aldana’s arrest, the victim’s parents were “evasive” during questioning by police. The parents later took the victim to the district attorney’s office, where she recanted her account of the sexual assault. During the trial, she said that Aldana did sexually assault her but her parents had pressured her to recant because of the financial strain that Aldana’s incarceration caused.
At trial, the victim’s mother denied needing Aldana’s money and denied that her daughter had reported the abuse.
Aldana was sentenced to life in prison.