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Alleged Vickers victim speaks out

by Evan White

Genesee County, N.Y. -- It is generally the practice of 13WHAM News to keep the identities of sexual abuse concealed, but Aaron Alwardt, 31, wanted his name and face to be shown, he said.

Alwardt was 12-years-old when he met Sean M. Vickers.

At that age, I think every child doesnt really know whats going on honesty. Its just a father figure, a male figure there, explained Alwardt.

Vickers was generous.

Hed give me money, stuff like that, said Alwardt.

In the basement of the familys West Bethany Road home, Vickers raped Alwardt on at least 30 occasions, according to Alwardt.

His mother was unaware the abuse was happening, according to Alwardt.

He made it seem like (it was) ok, said Alwardt. Two weeks ago, Alwardt learned that the abuse he suffered would not lead to new charges because of the statute of limitations. He had not come forward until 2012, nearly twenty years after the alleged abuse began.

Vickers was arrested for a misdemeanor in Monroe County in 1990. Then in 2008 in New Hampshire, he was arrested and convicted of a felony, both cases involved crimes against young boys, according to Lawrence Freidman, Genesee County District Attorney. He would serve one year in jail, said Friedman.

Over the course of 12 years, Vickers is accused of molesting eight children in Genesee and Niagara counties. He was arrested in April and re-arrested in June for similar offenses, according to Friedman.

He was arraigned Wednesday November 13th on 11 new charges pertaining to alleged sexual abuse of four children between the 1990s and 2013.

Vickers is being held in the Genesee County jail, next court date in Genesee County is scheduled for January 22nd.

What happened in my life happened, but I dont want it to happen to anybody else, said Alwardt.

Parents need to know whats going on in their childrens lives, added Alwardt. He is urging any other possible victims to come forward.

Its going to help them throughout their life, said Alwardt. They are going to build that trust back up in people.

 
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