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Nonprofit Pays Bail For Accused Child Molester, Weeks Later He Strikes Again

Bronx Freedom Fund Director Elena Weissmann's group bonded Luis Olivo out of jail on Nov. 4.

Queens, NY – An accused child molester was bailed out of jail by a nonprofit group, only to be arrested for allegedly molesting another child while he was out on the pending charge.

Luis Olivo, 63, was originally arrested on Oct. 19, after security footage inside a Woodhaven laundromat captured him sitting in front of a table with an array of candy, the New York Post reported.

Olivo began chatting up a three-year-old boy, and passed a balloon back and forth with him before he suddenly grabbed the toddler’s head and shoved it into his crotch.

He was charged with a single misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child, and his bail was set at $2,000, the Queens Chronicle reported.

“They told us they thought no one was going to bail him out” because he was homeless, the boy’s mother told the paper.

But on Nov. 4, the Bronx Freedom Fund sprang Olivo from jail because they said he was not receiving sufficient psychiatric care at Rikers Island.

“Individuals like Mr. Olivo who struggle with mental health and homelessness need support, not incarceration,” Bronx Freedom Fund Director Elena Weissmann aid of the accused child molester, according to the Queens Chronicle.

“For someone in his situation to be denied treatment while their case is pending, because they are too poor to afford their bail, not only harms them, but also impacts communities when they are released after further deterioration of their mental health in jail,” she declared.

Olivo was due back in court just four days after the nonprofit group posted his bail, but he didn’t bother to show up.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Karina Alomar ultimately issued a bench warrant for his arrest for bail jumping, the Queens Chronicle reported.

Olivo remained on the loose until Dec. 1, when he was arrested for allegedly molesting an eight-year-old girl, according to the New York Post.

The latest incident occurred at the Unique Shopping Mall in the Jamaica neighborhood.

According to a witness, Olivo shoved his hand up the little girl’s skirt and fondled her, then put the child’s hand on his crotch, the New York Post reported.

The accused child molester “repeatedly tried to kiss” the girl, and kept his jacket over his lap in an effort to block others from seeing what he was doing, court documents said.

When the mother of the three-year-old boy heard about Olivo’s latest victim, she broke down into tears, the New York Post reported.

“My baby is only three, maybe he’ll forget,” she said. “But the eight-year-old will always remember what happened to her.”

A New York Police Department (NYPD) detective told the New York Post that the second sexual assault was entirely preventable.

“When are groups like the Freedom Fund going to start worrying about the victims?” the detective said. “Because of their actions, a little girl and her family have been victimized and traumatized unnecessarily.”

A retired NYPD sex crimes investigations supervisor also blamed the nonprofit group for giving Olivo an opportunity to reoffend.

“These liberal groups have no idea how traumatic sex crimes are to the victims, especially young children,” he railed to the New York Post. “They talk about giving criminals second chances. Well, these two children won’t get a second chance.”

Olivo was previously arrested for first-degree sexual abuse of another eight-year-old girl in 2012.

During that incident, he was giving the child a blood-pressure test on a sidewalk in Woodhaven, when he suddenly placed her hand “on top of his pants and against his erect penis,” according to court documents.

The felony charge was ultimately reduced to misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child as part of a plea deal.

Olivo was sentenced to just 60 days in jail, followed by three years of probation, the New York Post reported.

Because the crime he was convicted of is not legally categorized as a sex offense, Olivo was not mandated to register as a sex offender.

Olivo wasn’t the only dangerous criminal to strike again after the Bronx Freedom Fund posted their bail.

In 2018, the nonprofit group put up $1,000 to spring Lynneke Burris from jail, the New York Post reported.

One week later, Burris followed a 28-year-old teacher into her apartment elevator and choked her until she was unconscious, according to the New York Post.

He then dragged her limp body into a stairwell and raped her.

Burris was later sentenced to 18 years in prison.

In August, the Bronx Freedom Fund posted $1,000 bail for Randy Santos, who had originally been arrested for allegedly grabbing a homeless shelter employee’s buttocks as she was showing him to his room, the New York Post reported.

Santos was initially released without bond, but was jailed after he skipped out on two court hearings.

That’s when the nonprofit group stepped in and got him released from jail yet again.

Like Olivo, Santos failed to show up to court for a third time after the group posted his bail.

He was later arrested for allegedly beating four homeless men to death with a three-foot-long metal object, the New York Post reported.

A fifth victim was critically injured.

During an interview in 2017, Weissmann boasted that 96 percent of offenders show up to court after the group bails them out, News 12 reported.

“Money is not a necessary incentive for people to return to court,” she declared. “People want to return to court.”

The group had already raised $30 million when Weissmann spoke to the news outlet two years ago.

“The thought of so many people being caged for not having the money to buy their freedom, I think, is enough for people to want to support getting people out,” she said at the time.

Holly Matkin - December Thu, 2019

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