Exchange Student Charged With Sex Abuse in Maryland

Alleged abuse took place in 2011

Saturday, Dec 8, 2012  |  Updated 10:36 AM EDT
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Exchange Student Charged With Sex Abuse

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An exchange student from Colombia has been charged with child sex abuse of a 9-year-old girl.

Court documents filed in Frederick County District Court show that 19-year-old Robert Alex Saldarriaga-Yepes, who currently resides in New Market, has been charged with sex abuse of a minor, second-degree child abuse, and other sex offenses. He is being held at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on $65,000 bail.

The Frederick News-Post reports that documents indicate the girl and her mother reported the alleged abuse to the private school she and Saldarriaga-Yepes attend on Wednesday. The paper reported that an investigator from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office and a Child Protective Servies agent interviewed the girl at the school before the investigator interviewed Saldarriaga-Yepes, who admitted to inappropriately touching the girl.

Saldarriaga-Yepes is accused of abusing the girl several times between November 2011 and December 2011. It is not known how long he had been an exchange student.

Photo via Frederick News-Post.

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