Iquitos, Peru: Spaniard Accused of Pedophilia in Custody

Posted on June 28, 2013 • Filed under: Crime, Human Smuggling, Peru, Police/Military Activity

On June 26, 2013 RPP Noticias reported that suspected pedophile José María Puerta Mellada, 69 years old, has been transferred from the National Police’s Human Trafficking Division to the Fifth Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Maynas. The suspect is being held on charges of sexual abuse of minors and child pornography.

Puerta Mellada defended his actions, stating that the individuals appearing in photos where he is kissing them are in fact older than they appear. The suspect also claimed he is being unjustly targeted for being Spanish and for being a homeowner. Read Article

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