NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville man was found guilty by a Davidson County grand jury in the abuse of an 11-year-old boy at the church they attended.
Jose Alvarado, 46, was convicted after evidence showed he abused the boy at the church the two attended.
The assistant district attorney said the boy’s mother first suspected abuse and was encouraged by her pastor and pediatrician to contact police.
Asst. DA Alyssa Hennig said mandatory reporting laws carry a legal duty to report suspected child abuse cases to police or the Department of Children services.
“These type of crimes need to be reported because people who do this sort of thing are likely to reoffend until someone comes forward,” Hennig said. “The victim in this case recognized that by being brave and testifying he was helping to protect other children.”
The DA also said non-US citizens should not be afraid to report crimes despite their immigration status.
Reports of child abuse can also be made anonymously.
Alvarado faces eight to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced on August 28.