California authorities believe that there are more victims of sexual abuse involving Hawaii entertainer Cecilia Rodriguez. Earlier this month, Rodriguez, of the group Cecelia and Kapono, pleaded not guilty to charges of sex offenses against two children.
He had been arrested in California on charges of sex crimes, and these incidents are alleged to have taken place 15 years ago in Los Angeles. According to the complaint, one of the girls was sexually abused between November 1997 and November 1999. The other was abused between May 1996 and May 1998. The abuse occurred in California, and the victims were family friends of Rodriguez. The girls were five and eight years old at the time of the abuse. The abuse apparently came to light this year when one of the girls confided to her father.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau, there are likely to be more victims involved. Authorities want other victims who have been abused by Rodriguez to come forward.
This isn’t the singer’s first brush with sexual assault charges. In 1994, the singer had been convicted of attempted sexual assault in Hawaii County, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year in jail.
Child sexual abuse can have a devastating impact on a victim. A minor who has been subjected to sexual abuse can struggle with feelings of guilt, depression and may exhibit suicidal tendencies, sexually provocative behavior, hyper-sexuality, eating disorders, and anxiety.
Unfortunately, Hawaii sexual abuse lawyers find that most cases of sexual abuse involve people that children are familiar with. Priests, teachers, coaches, scouts leaders-most of the biggest sexual abuse and molestation scandals of the past decade have involved people in positions of trust and authority, and in close proximity to children.
If you suspect that your child has been subjected to abuse, look for signs of molestation including withdrawal, bedwetting, anger outbursts, poor grades in school, and heightened sexual behavior.