The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Lydia Bethany-Rose Rupp

8 year old Lydia Bethany-Rose Rupp is missing, with a sex offender said to have her in his possession. Here's what I have gathered of the case:

Authorities have identified the suspect as Fernando Aguero, a convicted sex offender who was last seen driving a silver or blue Kia Rio with no license plates. Aguero is described as 47 years-old with black/gray hair and brown eyes. He's 6-foot 1-inch tall, 175 pounds.

Said predator who goes by multiple aliases, had been living with Lydia, her mother, and her 10-year-old brother in the Villa Park modular home park since May.

Authorities said that in the 1980s, Aguerro was convicted in Los Angeles of lewdness with a child and served one year in prison, the mother was not aware of her boyfriend's criminal history.

He appeared to be a decent guy, protective of the girl and a father figure," Page said. "Initially he didn't appear to raise a lot of suspicion. We teach our kids about stranger danger, but how do we teach them not to trust the ones they love?"

Pastor Matt McCreary, who ministered to Lydia's family for more than a decade, said he and other church members confronted the mother last week because they feared that Aguerro and Lydia were becoming "too close."

McCreary, who heads Living Faith Christian Fellowship (search) in Fernley, said Aguerro was aware the girl's mother wanted him to leave. Page said Aguerro took the girl's birth certificate and Social Security card, apparently intending to pass her off as his daughter. He also took her dog and all photographs of the girl.

The convicted sex offender allegedly abducted his live-in girlfriend’s 8-year-old daughter Friday and fled to his native country of Mexico, authorities said he promised relatives he’d drop her off unharmed to the first Christian family he saw.