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Government Testimonies

Testimonies, Grouping Two, government taken testimonies

Friday, October 19th, 2007

These Testimonies were taken in Mexico in the office of the Agency of the Public Ministry of Sexual Offenses and Interfamily Violence. Each of the testimonies starts out with the same or similar set of information. Below that has been shown once in blue. This is followed by the words of the alleged victims which have been translated from Spanish to English. You will see what might appear to be grammatical errors however they are the closest translation to what was said. The name of the person giving the testimony has been changed to Alleged Female or Male victim, or Alleged Witness

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Alleged Female Victim 01

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Today the 13th of February 2007 at 11:55 A.M., the Citizen Lic. Laura Elena Michel Amaya, agent for the Agency of the Public Ministry of Sexual Offenses and Interfamily Violence, before the presence of the Secretary of Citizen Agreements Lic. Ivonne Selene Valenzuela Ley, who authorizes and gives faith. She also gives faith that the indicated, Alleged Female Victim, came for the purpose of giving us his testimony.

I was placed at Rancho El Milagro since the age of 6 till I was 15 years old, when I was 7 or 8 years old Jose Hernandez Favela would take me to the big bodega and would perform oral sex on me. I mean he would stick his tongue in my vagina. He conducted himself like this with me for about one or two years. He would do this every chance he had. He would constantly ask me to help him take things out of the bodega and if I didn’t want to go he would hug me and take me anyway. Also, when I was 11 or 12 years old Antonio Hernandez Favela, who at that time was already the President of the Ranch, would touch my chest, kiss me and stick his tongue in my mouth. He would also kiss me on my neck and my chest and sometimes he would send me to bed with the little kids. I remember that at night we would turn off the lights and Antonio would go and sneak in the little kid’s dormitory and he would tell me that I was beautiful and that he liked me a lot. He would then kiss me on the mouth and touch my chest and then he would show me his private part, his penis and tell me to touch it and since I didn’t want to he would grab my hand and put my hand on it. I would tell him that I was going to tell Edna, his wife. He said she wouldn’t believe me because I was a liar. The next day after Antonio would touch me the groundings would begin. For example, he would leave me without eating and make me run around the table where the children were eating. Jose would also sic his dogs on us. He would let them loose so they would bite us in the legs.

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Alleged Female Victim 02

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I came to say that Antonio Hernandez Favela abused me, had sexual intercourse with me, and slept with me, while I was at Rancho El Milagro. I was 15 years old. Ever since I was 15 years old Antonio began to touch me. He would tell me that I was beautiful and that later I would have many boyfriends and they would like me. When I turned 15 years old Antonio asked me if I wanted to sleep with him. I told him no because I was under age and he told me I wasn’t and that I didn’t just turn 15, but 18 years old. He would constantly insist and he would always tell me that we should sleep together, so I began to think that if I slept with him he would treat my brothers and sisters better; so this is why I slept with him so he would treat them better because he would treat all of us badly. He would hit us with a stick that had a metal piece in the middle, he would he would pull our hair, he would throw a huge key chain full of keys at us and he would hit us in the face with his hand that had a ring with a big stone. Antonio would tell his brother Jose to hit the children when they became disobedient. Jose would then hit the children terribly with a stick, with a hose or a belt. I had sexual intercourse with Antonio many times, every time he wanted. Jose never touched me sexually, but he would tell us things. He would come into the girls intern rooms when we were already sleeping and he would touch their bodies, the legs of the other girls and he wanted to kiss them. He would tell me that I wasn’t a virgin and he would laugh, but I would tell him that I was. I think his brother Antonio told him. He didn’t threaten me with a weapon, but he would say that I was his girlfriend. I knew I wasn’t his girlfriend and that he only said it so he could keep touching me and be with me sexually. When we slept together it was in my room at the Rancho El Milagro. I don’t know if Antonio molested other girls, what I do know is that Jose touched other girls when he went into the dormitories. I remember a girl called “Another Alleged Victim”, she was one Jose touched. He also told me that if I wanted he would rent an apartment for me, but that nobody could come in but him. All I want is for an investigation to take place with the children that are there now so that they do not go through what we went through.

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Alleged Female Victim 03

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Edna and Antonio treat us well, but before they would hit us. Edna would hit the children on their bottoms with a thick stick she called “the correctional”. Antonio would spank us on our bottoms with a belt, but now he doesn’t because he has heart problems and he really doesn’t watch us any more. Joshua used to hit us too, but ever since he had his child he doesn’t any more. He would smack us in the face for anything and he would hit us with the belt. A little while ago we had some officials come and ask us to tell them the truth on how we were being treated and that they were not going to say anything to anyone, but Edna found out what we said and we got in trouble. She told us we were liars because we said we didn’t have shampoo, toothpaste, shoes and if we did have some, but we ran out we couldn’t get any more. I have a friend who they took to another orphanage; they say that where she is it is very ugly. They took her away because she was seeing an older man named Octavio Susunaga, he was the chauffer. They would see each other behind the girl’s dormitories or outside, but I don’t know what they did because I would not go with them. I only knew that they saw each other. I also know that they sent each other letters. They took her with to get checked with another friend to see if she was pregnant, but she wasn’t.

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Alleged Female Victim 04

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Once a man named Miguel picked me up from school, but when I got on the bus there were no other kids it was just him. He told me that I was very beautiful, and if I was ready. I told him no and he said that we should go to the back of the bus. I told him no because I knew he was going to touch me, he had already told me once that if he would go pick me up he was going to touch me. I didn’t want to go to the back of the bus, but he pulled my arm and took me. He didn’t do anything because I threatened to tell Edna that he wanted to touch me, so he let me go and didn’t do anything. I told Edna what happened and she asked me if he hurt me and I told her my arm because he pulled me. She fired him.

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Alleged Female Witness 01

Friday, October 19th, 2007

During the time I was at the orphanage(volunteered), in my opinion, I noticed that the children were yelled at, on occasion hit and on some occasions they wouldn’t be given breakfast. I made a declaration, in which I wrote down all the bad treatment the children received. (Editors note: this is a 17 page document that was found in the files of MRO) This document I presented to the Municipal DIF, in which I believe the President, of whom I do not remember the last name, took this document personally. I found out that the DIF sent this document to the District Attorney’s office, where they initiated a previous inquiry. I wrote it because I possibly noticed a little girl named “Alleged Victim”, whom I don’t recall the last name, being sexually molested by a man named Jose Hernandez Favela, who at the time worked at the ranch. (Editors Comment: Following the witnessed molestation the Alleged victim and her brothers were expelled by the Tony from the orphanage. Jose remained as a paid employee)

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Alleged Female Victim 05

Friday, October 19th, 2007

I want to add that everyone at the ranch treated me well, with the exception of one man. He was 30 years old and his name was Miguel. He knew my family and he was also dating one of aunt’s. He told that he liked me because I looked like her. A friend of mine locked me in the cold room with Miguel. I don’t know why, but I think she was playing around. Miguel started touching my legs and he attempted to kiss me, but I escaped because my friend opened the door to the cold room so I could get out.

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Alleged Female Victim 06

Friday, October 19th, 2007

She declares I suffered physical and psychological abuse because of Antonio Hernandez Favela and his brother Jose Hernandez Favela. They would hit us and say bad words at us. I remember when I would wet my bed Jose would punch me in the back and he would make me wash my blankets and Antonio would slap me and kick me. I never had any sexual abuse. I was only victim to physical abuse. All the children from the ranch were treated this way. I left the ranch because I escaped at 12 years old and days before Antonio hit me, kicked me on the ground and slapped me. I never told anyone that I was afraid of being at the ranch because I was afraid it would get worse. When I left my sister took me to DIF. They checked me out and asked me what happened and I told them, but Antonio was still left in charge of the ranch. They never did anything.

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Alleged Male Victim 01

Friday, October 19th, 2007

During the time that I lived it was very difficult for me because I was so badly treated. I was hit constantly and the person that hit me was Jose Hernandez, who was an employee and was Antonio Hernandez Favela’s brother. Jose Hernandez would make me wear women’s underwear and he would make me go to school in them so the rest of the kids would make fun of me. He would hit me with his hand and kick me. One time he even splashed me with my own urine when I went to the bathroom. (Editor’s note: during this time period coffee cans were used as urinals at night) Also the director, Antonio would hit me. Antonio would keep us in a room in the morning and in the evening where they spoke about God. If I would fall asleep he kept a keychain full of keys and he would use that to hit us over the head. He would throw it at us no matter were it would hit us. He would say bad words to us as well. I had the bad habit of wetting my bed and they would always keep me separate from the other kids and for that reason they would hit me. I wasn’t the only one they mistreated they did it to the other kids as well. The majority of the time I was there I spent getting hurt and verbally abused. When I was 7 years old an American from the United States, named John, would take things for us when he would visit the orphanage. I later found out that my brother was sexually abused by him and that he abused other children. John did touch my penis and took off my clothes. He would also take some instruments that he would use when we would sleep so when we go to the bathroom it would go off and he would grab my penis. I don’t remember if he penetrated. He never showed me his penis, he would only take off my clothes, my pants, my underwear and he would grab my penis. He would even suck my penis. He would visit the orphanage on occasion, but I don’t know how many times this happened. He would come in a camper and he would take me in it and do things. I wish that if Antonio is still in the orphanage that he would stop treating the children like this or he needs to go.

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Alleged Male Victim 02

Friday, October 19th, 2007

During the time I stayed there I suffered mental and psychological abuse by the Hernandez Favela family. The director Antonio Favela, since I had the problem of wetting my bed, he would hit me with sticks on my body. He would dress me like a girl and he would leave me without food. If he would leave marks from the beatings he would hide me if someone would come visit me. If Antonio didn’t hit me his brother Jose Hernandez Favela would. There was a third person by the name of Juan Gasca, who would also hit me for the same reason as the others. There were some visitors that would come like John Swink. He did oral sex on me and he touched me, but he never penetrated. I told Tony what John did to me and he hit me because he said I was lying. I never said anything again. The reason I’m saying something is because Antonio is still in charge and I don’t think the children there okay.

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Alleged Female Witness 02

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The reason I am here is because I (employee) saw many things I didn’t like. I remember one time I arrived at the laundry room and I found a lot of clothes thrown on the floor covered in blood and the children, who I don’t remember their names, told me that Antonio had hit a child over the head with a guitar. If the children arrived late to devotional Tony would mistreat the children. For example, the girl’s that were 5-6 years old and wet their beds he would make them wash their bed clothes in the cold, I didn’t like that at all, or he would put the boys outside in the rain for some reason. I went to DIF to file a complaint and they did do an investigation, but it didn’t resolve anything. The food that was given to the children was expired food. Antonio’s wife, Edna had a stick and she would hit the children on their hands with it.

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Alleged Female Victim 07

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Those in charge of the orphanage at the time were Antonio Hernandez Favela, Jose Hernandez Favela, Josefina Hernandez Favela and Guadalupe who was the wife of Jose and several whose last names I do not recall, Juan Gasca, the spouse of Josefina. Some treated us worse than others. For example, Juan, if he lost something, he would wake us in the early morning in the center patio area. If what he was looking for did not appear, he would hit us. Antonio as well as Jose would hit me. Josefina would grab me by the hair and drag me to the patio area when I was eight.

I was always trying to hide from Jose because he came after me often. I saw that a girl (alleged Victim) was being abused sexually. I was afraid he would do the same to me. One weekend, they had hit me and me with marks and bruises. The social worker came to visit us along with my mom. I told my mom that they had hit me and she told the social worker, who did nothing. When they left it became worse for me. They made fun of me and I was punished without food. Lastly, I want to manifest that Antonio tried to kiss me on the mouth, but I do not recall the date.

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Mother 01 of Alleged Female Victim

Friday, October 19th, 2007

She declares that she is the mother of Alleged Victim. (My daughter) told me that Jose, who they called “El Che” and is also Tony’s brother, molested her. About 6 years ago one of son’s friends, who was also in the orphanage, molested Cecilia. Just a little while ago Cecilia told me that she no longer wants me to go to Miguel Angel Olivera’s house; he is one of my son’s friends, who were also in the orphanage. I asked her why she didn’t want me to go to his house and she told me that it was because he molested her too. I don’t think that is right and I don’t think that they should be doing the same thing with the children. I want Jose to be punished for what he did to my daughter because it is no right.

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Alleged Female Victim 08

Friday, October 19th, 2007

(Editor’s Comment: The mother of the Alleged Victim, (see her testimony above) following an intervention by Tony’s agents recanted her testimony. However when her daughter was ask to recant(the same day as her mother) she did not change what she said had happened to her and who did it to her. Her testimony follows immediately below. She has apparent learning disabilities and the questions and answers reflect that)

  • What is your name? (Alleged Victim)
  • What is the date today? Friday May 18, 2007
  • Do you know why you are here today? To retract my charges against Jose Hernandez Favela. I no longer wish to continue with this demand.
    Why are you retracting the charges? I do not want him to go to jail because he is a good person.
  • What did Mr. Jose do to you? He put his penis where I go pee-pee
  • What is peines (penis)? It is what you use to go pee-pee
  • Do you remember how old you were when Mr. Jose put his penis where you go pee-pee? 13
  • How do you know you were 13? (She) sits silently and does not answer
  • Did Mr. Antonio touch you on any part of your body? No
  • Did they hit you on the ranch? Antonio, Jose and Edna did not hit me.
  • Did you have sexual relations with Miguel Olivera? Yes, because I liked him and I wanted to. He never hit me or forced me.

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Alleged Male Victim 03

Friday, October 19th, 2007

When I was in the orphanage I would hear the other children say that Lucio and Jose would sexually molested the other children. One child I remember them mentioning was a little girl that belonged to (Alleged Victims mother). I don’t remember a last name. Another name I remember is a girl named (Another Alleged Victim); she was bigger than the rest of us. Antonio knew what was going on, but he never fired them. As I grew up I would see more things like they would be mean to us, they would hit us, they would not give us food right, they didn’t treat us right, they would leave us outside at night, they would throw a key chain at us full of keys, finally they would not treat us the correct way. I’m angry that Jose Hernandez Favela took advantage and molested her when she was little and that he did the same to other children. I know that Miguel stopped working at the ranch this year and that they fired him because he molested another girl.

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Warning: The testimonies on this site contain specific questions and statements of testimonies given in the environment of a court of law about sexual abuses of children at Miracle Ranch Orphanage. For the most part the alleged victims identify Tony and his brother Jose as the abusers. The alleged abuses took place over a long period of time with repeated acts on numerous children.

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