Neighbors in a McAllen neighborhood said they’ve seen 18-year-old Joel Cuellar’s black Chevy Camaro parked in the Bicentennial Soccer Fields parking lot on multiple occasions, but never called police about it and never imagined what police say was happening inside.
One neighbor stated that she normally saw the car parked at night underneath a broken lamp post. That’s where a police officer found it parked Friday night around midnight. The officer observed that the windows were fogged up and decided to see what the occupants were up to.
As he approached the car, Cuellar stepped out and, according to the officer’s report, had to pull up his pants. Also inside the car was an 11-year-old boy, reportedly the little brother of Cuellar’s ex-girlfriend. A neighbor, who watched as the arrest unfolded, stated that Cuellar had to pull his pants up when he got out of the car, and that police had to wrap a towel around the 11-year-old boy’s waist.
Cuellar was arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was placed in the Hidalgo County Jail in lieu of a $250,000 bond, which he posted Saturday morning.
If he’s convicted of the charges currently filed against him, he’s looking at anywhere from five to 99 years in prison. But police say the 11-year-old may have been sexually assaulted more than once. If that turns out to be the case, Cuellar could see his charges upgraded to continuous sexual abuse of a child and then be looking at a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted.
Cueller graduated from Edinburg North High School where he was their quarterback. He’s currently listed on Briar Cliff University’s fall football roster at Sioux City, Iowa–but that might be changing soon.
“This is the first we’ve heard of the incident,”‘ said Briar Cliff Head Football Coach Tom Rethman. “We’ll obviously have to look into it and take appropriate action.”‘
As you would expect, a lot of comments on the articles I linked to have young people instructing others to mind their own business and to quit judging Cueller before all the facts come in. But come on, if anyone is deserving of judgement it’s a college student found parking at midnight with his ex-girlfriend’s 11-year-old brother who is wearing no pants.Tags: Child Molestation, Crime, Joel Cuellar, pervert, Texas