SAN ANTONIO, TX (The San Antonio Express-News) – At least four men raped a 15-year-old runaway and kept her at a West Side apartment complex by keeping her high on drugs, according to court records.
One of the suspects, 28-year-old Ray Hernandez Jr., was arrested Thursday on a charge of continuous trafficking of persons. A second suspect, 25-year-old Alfredo Herrera, was arrested later that day on a charge of sexual assault of a child. Both remain in the Bexar County Jail and further arrests are expected.
Police gave limited information on the case Thursday during a press conference. Now, court documents are shedding new light on the abuse the victim suffered.
Hernandez and the victim met over social media and by October 2017 he was selling her for sex to his friends and strangers, the affidavit says. The victim told police she would sometimes return to him even after she was picked up as a missing juvenile.
One of the men who paid to have sex with her, 20-year-old Korey Acosta, eventually partnered with Hernandez and the two worked together to pimp her out, the affidavit says.
This continued for several months until an incident in early May caused her to make an escape attempt, police said.
According to the affidavit, Hernandez gave the victim a ride a West Side residence believed to be in the 300 block of Violeta Place, where she encountered three men: Acosta, Herrera, and a third identified only as “Coach.”
“The victim said she was given narcotics shortly after arriving at the residence and remained on a ‘high’ for the remainder of the time she was with them (a period of about four days),” the affidavit reads.
At some point during her stay, Hernandez and Acosta took her to a nearby hotel or motel, where they left her alone in a room with Coach, authorities said. He then allegedly raped the teen.
“The victim said she refused to perform the acts on him … then she felt she could not resist him any further so felt she had to comply with his requests,” the affidavit says.
Afterwards, Coach paid Acosta, and then she was taken back to the the Violeta Place address, where Hernandez, Acosta and Herrera continuously raped her throughout the next four days, the affidavit says.
She was only able to escape on May 8 when she told them the drugs they had given her were making her feel bad. She contacted police, who interviewed her and took her to a a hospital for treatment.
The victim was later able to identify the suspects to police and point out where they had allegedly sexually assaulted her. Authorities obtained arrest warrants for Hernandez and Herrera and booked them both into jail. Acosta’s status is unknown, and “Coach” has not been publicly identified.