Shortly before the holidays, Dave was taken from a detention cell at the San Sebastian prison complex and brought before a judge for a surprise hearing. Having made no progress on the case against Dave since his arrest on September 4th, the prosecution asked that Dave continue to be held trough at least March 4th.
Despite making a big show of arresting Dave at the airport, assigning an investigator to make a video recording of the arrest and producing a judicial press release, the prosecution has yet to take any steps or perform an actual investigation of the case. Clearly, it’s no mystery why less than 15 percent of criminal cases in Costa Rica actually result in a conviction. In Dave’s case, however because he is a foreigner, a U.S. citzien he is confined indefinitely to prison with convicted murders and rapists.
Obviously the prosecution in Dave’s case was more concerned with eating their Christmas tamales and drinking Guaro at Zapote than doing any actual work during the month of December. Dave however, shared a prison cell for the holiday, set aside from the general population specifically for sex offenders. Although Dave himself is not charged with an actual sex offense, he is potentially facing charges for promoting Costa Rica in social media as an accessible destination for sexual tourism.
Among Dave’s cell mates are men with active, late stage Hepatitis inflections, one of which had to be removed to a private cell because of his continued sexual contact with other inmates. The prison itself is located beside a river that doubles as a sewer and breeding ground for mosquitos, in a country with no public treatment of waste water. There are no screens in the cell windows and the inmates in his cell routinely set fires to counter the insects.
Dave, however didn’t have to share his cell over the holidays with Costa Rica pedophile Judge Hilge, who was recently removed from a Heredia court after placing a hidden video camera in the women’s rest room of the court. Hilge was discovered after a victim found the camera and a review of its video showed Judge Hilge clearly placing the device. Investigators later searched his home, and discovered that Judge Hilge had an extensive collection of child pornography and also enjoyed observing underage children use toilets.
Of course since Judge Hilge is a member of notoriously corrupt Costa Rica Poder Judicial he didn’t actually have to go to prison pending trial. His case won’t be handled by the OIJ, or Costa Rican Judicial Police and instead will be “handled” for him by his friends at Judicial Inspection. As of yet there has not been a review of any of Judge Hilge’s civil court rulings. However, he is a perfect example of the kind of man who would be handling your case, if you had the misfortune of coming into a property or real estate dispute in Heredia.
Ironically, the case of the Costa Rica Pedophile Judge has recived just a brief mention in the English language news, implying that the judge could receive 8 years in prison. The reality, however is Judge Hilge has been sent away quietly to a medical facility for an “evaluation”, and the case against him is likely to be forgotten. No one in the corrupt Costa Rica Poder Judicial wants to send their co-conspirators away to prison with sex offenders. Reviewing his court rulings would result in years of work, and any actual criminal case against him will likely stir up other abuses and crimes that would damage the judicial cartel.
In another case, a criminal court judge was criticized for being especially lenient and allowing a known narcotics trafficker and money launderer to go free after being charged with molesting little girls. Often judges in Costa Rica are willing to overlook sex crimes when the accused can pay their way out of judicial investigations. The system works in the same way that land thieves and corrupt attorney-notaries steal land and real estate from American investors who come to Costa Rica. Fraud is a way of life, more than practicing law for many in the Costa Rica judicial establishment.
Unfortunately for Dave, he doesn’t have the resources to pay off a judge. He only has the support of a few generous supporters who have paid his legal bills and kept the pressure on investigators to actually make some progress in the case. After spending the holiday in Costa Rica, he will remain in prison through at least March 4th.