December 18, 2014

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Lorain Police: Assault victim may be meeting alleged attacker

LORAIN — A 17-year-old Lorain boy who police said was sexually assaulted two years ago may have been meeting with and texting his alleged attacker as recently as last fall, police said.

Detectives from the Lorain Police Department have a search warrant to look through the teenager’s phones for evidence of contact between the boy and his alleged attacker.

The search warrant is the latest in case that began in December 2012 when Gabriel Marrero, now 26, was charged with two counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

According to police, in 2012 Marrero, then 24, had sex with a boy who was 14 at the time.

After the assault, police believe Marrero threatened the boy, telling him he would kill the teenager and his family if he spoke up about the incident. He also may have threatened the 14-year-old through text messages, police said.

Marrero pleaded not guilty to the charges in December 2012.

This week, Lorain police Detective John Kovach spoke with the alleged victim, who now is at the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home, who said that he and Marrero were talking online in November and had met in person several times, police said. The teenager added that Marrero had sent him text messages and pictures, but he refused to show them to police because they were “private.”

On Wednesday, Judge John Miraldi gave police permission to search the alleged victim’s two phones for evidence of contact with Marrero.

A pretrial for the case is May 28 at Lorain County Court of Common Pleas.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.