Only infrequently does the crime of incest reach the public as news. It did Wednesday when a father and his brother admitted guilt in having sexual relations with a 12 year old.
This type of crime is more common that expats might realize because many cases never come to court and because when they do, the accounts are not published.
Consequently, organizations like the U.S. State Department make continual unsupported allegations of sex tourism with Costa Rican minors while ignoring the reality of incest.
In the case adjudicated Wednesday, the father and his brother each received 30 years in prison for the crime.
The Poder Judicial said that the father would have relations with his daughter at night while his wife was sleeping. The uncle, the father’s brother, used to visit the home while the parents were working.
Both men admitted guilt in an abbreviated process. Both lived in Horquetas de Sarapiquí.
Both men became fugitives when they fled March 9 in the middle of a trial. One was captured a short time later, and one surrendered.
The crime came to light May 5, 2012, when the wife awakened in the night and realized her husband was not in the bedroom with her. The Poder Judicial said that the woman questioned the girl later that day and then both filed a criminal complaint.
Such crimes are so common that judicial victim advocates maintain a room filled with stuffed animals and toys for the purpose of having a place to question young victims.
This type of crime sometimes becomes newsworthy when the victim is young and pregnant. Also this month there was a case of a 14 year old impregnating his 11-year-old sister.