Dad defends son accused of sex crime against 7-year-old boy
BEXAR COUNTY-The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office arrested 26-year-old Aaron Decker after they say he sexually assaulted a 7-year-old boy during a sleepover.
Webster Alexander III says his son is innocent, "Something's not right there." Alexander says around three Sunday morning, the 7-year-old boy and his mother showed up at their door. Alexander says said he didn’t know them.
The boy was hungry, and the mom needed cigarettes, "If somebody asks for something, especially with a little kid wanting food, they're going to get it,” he says.
As the son played on Decker’s phone, the mom left. Investigators say it's possible the mom could be charged with neglect.
“Where's the mom go at this point?” I ask Alexander.” I don't know. No one knows that part,” he responds.
According to the arrest affidavit, the mom knew Decker for about six months, but didn't know his name. Decker told investigators, while he slept on a recliner, the boy slept on an air mattress. But during a forensic interview with the boy, Decker allegedly told the child not to tell his mom because she was okay with it, and performed a sex act with boy, telling the boy they were “playing a game.”
Alexander says he and his wife were in the adjacent room with the door open and didn't hear anything suspicious, “They woke my wife up and she’s the type that you wake her up in the middle of the night, she’s going to be up all night." And she didn’t hear anything? “Nah,” Alexander says.
Alexander says the boy didn’t leave the home until later Sunday afternoon.
Miriam Elizondo, Executive Director of The Rape Crisis Center, says it's an important reminder to never blame the victim. Parents need to give children the ability early on to know when something's wrong and take action. In this case, the boy was able to make an outcry.
"Parents know their children the very best so they know how to communicate but not really beating around the bush because if you don't teach them, someone else is and we don't know how they're going to be teaching them,” she says.
There are several tools available at The Rape Crisis Center for prevention, teaching your kid what's right and what's wrong, and also intervention, empowering them to come forward should something happen. Click here to visit their website.