Facebook takes down photo of Villa Park girl with alleged abuser

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Friday, August 5, 2016

VILLA PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Facebook has now taken down a picture showing an 11-year-old suburban girl with a neighbor who is now accused of sexually abusing her.

The girl's mother had been asking Facebook to take the picture down ever since Margarito Alvarado's arrest one week ago. Facebook originally said the photo did not violate standards but changed their mind after ABC7's story ran Thursday night.

The victim's mother said they are embarrassed, humiliated and wanted Facebook to take the picture down.

The Facebook photo in question showed the alleged victim cheek-to-cheek with Margarito Alvarado, the man now charged with two felonies.

"It's disgusting to me. It makes me sick to my stomach to see my daughter with a grown man," the victim's mother said.

Alvarado lives in the same apartment complex as the girl. The mother said other children came to her last Thursday after seeing the alleged assault in this hallway. She says she immediately called police.

Once Alvarado was arrested, she went to his Facebook page and saw the photo.

"My heart dropped. I went straight to the police station," she said. "I was crying. I was in tears. Nobody wants to see their child on a man's page who sexually assaulted them."

When the mom reported it to Facebook, she says she got a message saying the picture "doesn't violate our community standards."

Alvarado is in the DuPage County jail being held on a $250,000 bond.