By Michael R. Moser
The case of a Cumberland County man charged with having sex with a teenager has ended with a guilty plea after members of the victim's family expressed a desire that their child not have to relive the event in open court.
William Alejandra Alvaraz, 25, Old Mail Rd., was charged with one count of felony aggravated statutory rape, a charge that carries a two- to four-year sentence and fine.
He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of statutory rape and received a one-year suspended sentence under judicial diversion.
Alvaraz is being given credit for time served, and will spend the next year on supervised probation and on the state's sex offender registry. If he completes all terms of judicial diversion successfully, the defendant will be released from having to register as a sex offender in the future.
Alvaraz was indicted by the Cumberland County Grand Jury last year and was taken into custody at his home on March 7.