Feb 22, 2023
A former counselor at a Riverside County school was arrested after a victim came forward with allegations of being sexually assaulted by the man while a student at a local Banning, California, location. The arrest comes nearly two years after the child sex abuse survivor reported the alleged crimes.
In February 2021, a victim filed a report with law enforcement officials alleging that Ruben Rico Franco, 62, a former counselor at a Banning school, sexually assaulted the complainant from the ages of 10 to 14, according to a local KTLA story. The victim was a student at the time of the alleged incidents, the Banning Police Department confirmed.
At the time of the alleged initial sexual assault, Franco was a 37-year-old counselor at the victim’s school.
Police officials launched an investigation into Franco shortly after receiving the complaint.
“Detectives conducted a thorough investigation and developed probable cause to arrest Franco with an arrest warrant (Riverside Court Case # BAF2201138) issued by the Riverside County Superior Court,” the Police Department’s Facebook page said.
The Banning Police Department confirmed that the following charges have been filed against Ruben Franco:
The suspect was arrested in San Diego in December 2022 and extradited back to Banning.
Franco is currently being held on $2 million bail. No additional information related to the sexual assault allegations have been released, according to KTLA.
Law enforcement officials believe there may be additional survivors impacted by former school counselor Ruben Rico Franco. Anyone who was victimized or has information on a sex crime committed by Franco is urged to call the Banning Police Department at 951-922-3170.
The National Centers for Victims of Crime (NCVC) offer the following statistics highlighting the prevalence of child sex abuse in the United States.
As the NCVC notes, the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse is difficult to determine because it is often not reported.
However, experts agree that the incidence is far greater than the number of actual claims that are ever brought to the attention of authorities. Additionally, child sexual abuse is not uniformly defined, so statistics may vary, per the NCVC.
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report from 2010 entitled “Child Maltreatment” found that 9.2% of victimized children were sexually assaulted.
Various studies conducted by David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, also indicate that:
Survivors of childhood sexual assault or abuse may file civil claims against perpetrators in pursuit of financial compensation. A civil lawsuit is separate from any criminal proceedings that may be brought against a sexual predator by the District Attorney’s Office. Filing a California school sexual abuse civil lawsuit can be a means of securing justice and helping a survivor recover critical financial compensation.
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