GREEN LAKE – Federal charges have been filed against two men accused of trafficking a teen girl in 2019.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin has filed charges against Julio Cesar Veleta Veleta, 35, and Amabilio Garcia Rivera, 32, for sex trafficking; sex trafficking by fraud, force and coercion; and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, according to the criminal complaint.
Veleta Veleta is also charged in Green Lake County Circuit Court for trafficking of a child, and Garcia Rivera for second-degree sexual assault by use of force and child enticement with exposure of intimate parts, according to online court records.
On Nov. 28, 2019, a 17-year-old girl called the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office, saying she “had been sexually assaulted by several men living” at a home on County Line Road in the town of Manchester, according to a criminal complaint. The teen was a foster child in Madison and had been reported missing in June 2019.
After she escaped from the home, where she told authorities “she was being sex trafficked,” deputies found her walking along the side of the road and brought her into the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The girl told investigators Garcia Rivera violently assaulted her earlier in the day.
Veleta Veleta brought the teen from Madison to a home in Manchester multiple times from at least August to November, the teen told law enforcement. Eight “undocumented dairy farm workers from Guatemala” lived in the home, and the teen engaged in sex acts with the residents, giving half of the money to Veleta Veleta.
He also took the teen to a farm in Markesan “to engage in commercial sex acts” with farm workers there, according to the criminal complaint.Two of three residents interviewed at the Markesan farm admitted to paying for sex with the teen multiple times and said Veleta Veleta brought her there.
When interviewed in December 2019, Veleta Veleta at first said he had only met the teen once in Manchester, but later admitted it had been more than once. He told law enforcement he had driven her to the town one time “without knowing she was ‘selling her body,’” and three times from Madison knowing she would engage in “commercial sex acts,” according to the complaint. He also admitted he knew the girl was younger than 18.
Veleta Veleta’s estranged wife said she kicked him out in October 2019 as she believed he was cheating on her with the teen after finding a message from the girl asking Veleta Veleta to pick her up. Veleta Veleta told his wife that the girl was a “prostitute” and he was driving her to Green Lake County to have sex with farm workers for money, the complaint states.
A resident of the Manchester home, Garcia Rivera admitted to having sex with the teen, whom he knew was younger than 18, multiple times and said he had paid for the act at first, but “in the end she was ‘giving it away,’” according to the complaint.
After looking through Garcia Rivera’s phone, investigators found messages from Veleta Veleta asking how many men “wanted the girl,” so he could know whether he should bring her to the home or not. Other messages showed that Garcia Rivera “acted as an intermediary” with other people from his farm and those on the farms and arranged visits with or from the teen, according to the complaint.
Esler Hugo Rivera, 33; Ember Rivera, 37; Avelino Sarceno-Sarceno, 40; Noe Buatista-Martinez, 28; and Rolando Corado Gonzalez, 28, all of Guatemela, are also charged in the case with third-degree sexual assault and child enticement with exposure of intimate parts, according to online court records.
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Garcia Rivera and Veleta Veleta will have their initial appearances in federal court in the coming weeks and return to court for a status hearing and preliminary hearing, respectively, at 2 p.m. on July 7, according to online court records.
Sacreno-Sarceno and Corado Gonzalez will have a pre-trial/scheduling conference at 1 p.m. on June 10. Hugo Rivera will return to court for a status hearing at 10:30 a.m. June 23 and Ember Rivera and Bautista-Martinez will return to court at 2 p.m. on July 7, according to online court records.
Contact reporter Sarah Razner at 920-907-7909 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @misssarahrazner.
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