4 On Your Side learns teen broke into home to obtain proof of alleged rape
Posted at: 06/27/2012 10:21 PM
| Updated at: 06/28/2012 1:38 PM
By: Mike Daniels, KOB Eyewitness News 4
This is a story about a boy allegedly raped and then failed by the people that were supposed to look out for him.
The boy, 16 years old at the time of the alleged assault, told Santa Fe police, his lawyer and a probation officer at Children, Youth and Families Department. But no one came to his defense.
In 2010, the teenager claimed that Jacob Pinto, 43, of Santa Fe approached him at Bicentennial Pool in Santa Fe and offered to pay him to do chores at his house. The teen said Pinto paid him to start taking off clothing. It eventually led to him being forcefully raped, according to the teen.
To prove it, days later the boy broke into Pinto’s home and found the memory card.
Santa Fe police said Pinto raped him and videotaped the entire thing. He took it home, and hid it. Days later the teen broke back into the house to take more evidence. He believed Pinto had done this to children in the past.
The teen was caught and arrested.
While detained, the boy said he tried telling the police officer, but he was not having any of it. The boy’s mother said she gave his attorney, Brooke Gamble, the memory card with the video of the alleged raped. But the attorney did nothing with it, according to court documents.
But it does not end there. The boy’s new attorney said Santa Fe Assistant District Attorney Sarah Piltch also knew, along with his probation officer at CYFD. Again, no one did anything.
"Unfortunately the child’s cry for help fell on deaf ears, no one paid attention to him," says Lt. Luis Carlos with the Santa Fe Police Department.
Finally someone at CYFD believed him and reported it. Lt. Carlos started to investigate it at the beginning of this year and Pinto was arrested on rape and sex charges filed by the Santa Fe DA's office.
You might recognize Pinto. He is well known in the deaf community and volunteered at the senior center. But you probably did not know that back in 1998, New Mexico state police had a similar case against him. The DA at the time did not prosecute.
When police served a search warrant, they said they found videos and photos of at least 15 victims.
"We believe he's been video taping kids since 1989," said Lt. Carlos.
Only three of the victims have been identified. Authorities need the public's help to find the rest. "If you saw Mr. Pinto, we're asking you talk to your child."
The boy’s current lawyers are furious that the teen is behind bars at CYFD while his alleged rapist is out of jail on a $10,000 bond, being monitored by a GPS ankle bracelet.
Pinto is living in Tijeras. When a KOB Eyewitness News 4 crew went out to his residence, no one answered the door.
The boy’s lawyers and the Santa Fe Police Department will be going before a judge soon in an effort to get him released from CYFD. They said he needs help like any other victim of rape.
They said he needs to be treated as a victim and not a criminal.