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Quanell X and Rudy Farias’ family claim his mother was sexually abusing him

Jenifer Knighton

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Civil Rights Activist Quanell X and extended relatives of Rudolph "Rudy" Farias IV, the Houston man who went missing as a teenager in 2015, came forward, alleging that Farias' mother, Janie Santana, subjected him to sexual, physical, and mental abuse.

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According to Quanell X, there have been serious allegations of sexual abuse by Farias against Santana. However, investigators stated during a recent news conference denied any statements regarding sexual abuse had been made thus far in their investigation.

One of the extended family members, Rodriguez, expressed the urgency of bringing Santana in for questioning, believing that the true extent of her actions would only come to light if she were pressured to speak. Rodriguez further accused authorities of covering up information they had known for years, suggesting that they were hesitant to disclose it.

Furthermore, Santana has been prohibited from using the GoFundMe platform after investigators discovered her attempts to raise money to find her son, even though he was at home.

Following Houston police's revelation that Farias was never actually missing, despite Santana's claims, KPRC reached out to GoFundMe. The crowdfunding website stated that they have a zero-tolerance policy for platform misuse and cooperate with law enforcement in investigating wrongdoing. They confirmed that the fundraiser had been removed and that Santana was banned from using GoFundMe for future fundraisers.

Initially reported missing eight years ago, Farias was located near Buffalo Bayou in Houston on June 29 at approximately 10 p.m., outside a church on 76th Street at Avenue L. Detectives revealed during the press conference that Farias had returned home on March 7, 2015, the day after he was reported missing.

Investigators disclosed that Farias had been in contact with officers multiple times over the past eight years but provided fake names and birth dates. Lt. Chris Zamora from HPD's Missing Persons Unit also mentioned that Santana had given the police fictitious names while Farias was considered missing.

The Houston District Attorney's office decided against pressing charges against Santana or Farias for filing false reports and providing false identities. The police have stated their intention to conduct further interviews and continue the investigation. The case remains ongoing, and Farias is reportedly staying with friends.

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Jenifer Knighton is a Community Activist, Journalist, Counselor, and DWI-Education and Intervention Instructor focused on social justice and change. Her mission is to build stronger communities through Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy and Outreach, Resources, and Support.

Houston, TX

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