David J. Almaguer, 37, a Texas man involved with the five-month long abduction of a 15-year-old Miami girl has entered a plea.
MIAMI – A Texas man involved with the five-month long abduction of a 15-year-old Miami girl has entered a plea of not guilty to felony charges of lewd molestation and soliciting a minor for child pornography. The charges against David J. Almaguer, 37, of San Antonio, Texas, came as a result of an intensive, ongoing investigation by the Miami and San Antonio Police Departments and after testimony from his victim.
He faces 10 to 15 years for each count charged.
Almaguer appeared in Ottawa County District Court on March 10 before District Court Judge Robert Haney facing additional charges along with his initial felony charge of lewd acts. On that day, a ruling was made finding there is probable cause to believe the crimes of count one of lewd molestation, and count two for soliciting a minor for child pornography have been committed and probable cause was found to believe the defendant is guilty of such crimes.
In sequestered testimony witnesses were sworn, testimony heard, exhibits entered and arguments of both counsel heard.
The defendant demurred or objected to the evidence and the defendant’s demurrer was overruled, an exception was allowed.
Most recently on April 3, Almaguer appeared again in Ottawa County District Court with his attorney Devin Giddens before Haney and waived the formal filing of district court information, waived the reading of the information, and announced he is charged by his true and correct name, before entering a plea of not guilty.
Almaguer waived his right to a speedy trial, and his case is now set on the Ottawa County District Court felony disposition docket at 2 p.m. on Oct. 2.
Almaguer has been bound over for trial in the custody of the Ottawa County Jail.
Almaguer may be facing even more possible charges in Texas of several counts of statutory rape, as well as child pornography and human trafficking, according to Ottawa County Assistant District Attorney Rogers Hughes.
Lead investigator in the case, Miami Police Detective Aaron Crockett, worked relentlessly with detectives and law enforcement across the country searching for the missing Miami teen and sought important cell phone information, which eventually led to her rescue. Hughes worked closely with the detective providing legal assistance in the case after many had lost hope of ever finding the missing girl.
According to Miami police, the Miami teen’s mysterious disappearance began when her family last saw her on the evening of Sept. 29, 2015 at her home in Miami. Her father’s girlfriend discovered the teen had apparently packed all of her belongings and left when she went to wake her for school the next morning. The teen had no vehicle, and no job or money and police and her family had few clues to her whereabouts the entire time until the teen made a brief phone call to her father on Jan.18, 2016.
Tracing the accessed computer app used to make the phone call to an IP (Internet Protocol) address was an essential breakthrough in locating the missing Miami teen. The IP address then led law enforcement in San Antonio to an apartment complex where the teen was located by San Antonio Police and returned to her family here in Miami.
Almaguer was subsequently charged with crimes in connection with the teen’s disappearance in Oklahoma on April 13, 2016.