“Criminologist helped get sex slave out of prison”

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… [Maria] Suarez’s horrifying experience : imprisoned from the age of 16 for five years in the home of a 67-year-old Azusa man who repeatedly raped her : reveals how she slipped through several cracks. It also shows how, subsequently, she was betrayed by a justice system that instead of aiding her put her behind bars for life.

But her case also reveals a ray of hope. That’s because someone – Elizabeth Dermody Leonard – was paying attention. And she helped kick off the process that would eventually free Suarez, now 49. …

–Ann Bartow

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