Two Milwaukee Southside Facebook groups for members only began to circulated fear, concern and panic that Milwaukee police had failed to investigate allegations that a 25-year-old male paletero who sold popsicles for the Chavo Paletería had apparently said some “disturbing things” to three young girls over the weekend.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
May 18, 2015
Milwaukee, WI – On Sunday, several Facebook postings began to circulate in the social media alleging that a 25-year-old male Southside paletero who worked for El Chavo Paletería had apparently said some “disturbing things” to three young girls ages, 9, 10 and 11. The Facebook (FB) postings were screenshot by FB users from the FB Milwaukee Southsiderz (MSS) and Compra y Venta en Wisconsin (CVW), which both are closed groups and for members only. One of those postings was shared by Juan Lopez Loko and the other by Maria Ana Del Valle. Lopez Loko told Hispanic News Network U.S.A. (HNNUSA) that he shared it from the MSS group and Del Valle’s shared posting showed CVW.
In Lopez Loko’s posting, it said that the nieces of Jessica Mendoza and a friend were told some disturbing things and when police were contacted about the incident, that police had told the family that they couldn’t do anything because the paletero didn’t even touch them. In Del Valle’s posting, she claimed that the Wisconsin ID card that was posted with the alleged paletero’s photo, name and address was picked up after family members of the young girls actually beat up the paletero after the girls told their family. The paletero dropped his ID when he was beaten, according to Del Valle. Del Valle even wrote on her FB account that the paletero has a 7-year-old mentality.
The circulation of the postings drew fear, panic, concern and resentment from FB users in the Milwaukee area that police wouldn’t investigate the incident. It prompted, Hershay Adán Jaimes, the owner of El Chavo Paletería to post a comment on FB saying that the family of the young girls had gone to his company and complained about the paletero. The paletero was immediately fired, according to Jaimes.
Jaimes didn’t say, if the paletero admitted to saying any disturbing things or if he was beaten, but Del Valle claims they were sexual in nature.
HNNUSA attempted to contact Jaimes and Del Valle, but they haven’t responded about the incident. Both the MSS and CVM groups could not be contacted for comment because they are closed and don’t allow messaging to the administrators.
If the paletero didn’t commit a crime and suffers from a mental disability, it could very well be that certain family members of the young girls might have committed a criminal act for beating up the paletero, especially if no evidence exists that he molested the young girls at all.
According to court records, the 25-year-old paletero was charged on April 2013 with one felony count for 2nd degree sexual assault of a child, but the charge was later dismissed by recommendation of a Milwaukee County prosecutor due to lack of a witness.
Will police take interest in this matter? Well, HNNUSA will have to wait and see what actually develops in order to keep you informed. One thing for sure, the paletero got an unjust beating and someone kept his Wisconsin ID card and has posted it all over FB. Even some FB users are encouraging violence against the paletero by telling others to beat him up where ever they see him in the Southside.
Vigilante action is not sanction in Milwaukee, everyone deserves their day in court instead of people turning into thugs and applying their own justice.
Editors note: The two closed Southside Facebook groups might actually do a disservice to the community they pretend to serve by keeping their postings private and for members only. What do they have to hide?