after his pregnant 17-year-old girlfriend stormed the church and caused
Rosa Esperanza Reyes, 17, showed up at a church to stop her 40-year-old
lover from marrying his fiancee. She was carrying their one-year-old
child and claimed to be pregnant again.
But despite the fuss, two-timing Jose Sabino Davila still married
18-year-old Rita Elena Lopez at the church in Masaya, Nicaragua.
Holding her baby, Rosa Esperanza Reyes told authorities Davila was the
father of the child in her arms and the unborn one inside her, and that
he had even stayed with her the night before the wedding. She said:
“I am his wife, I have his son and I am pregnant. I am only 17 years old. I am here to stop the wedding, do you know why?
“Because I am pregnant and I want to avoid the wedding so that neither I nor the bride will be with this man.”
According to local media, Rosa Esperanza has had a relationship with
Davila for three years and is currently six months pregnant.
Although too late to stop the ceremony going ahead, a video shows that
Rosa Esperanza did manage to cause a scene outside the church, with
police even being called.
The video shows Davila and his new bride leaving in a taxi, together
with a lady who looks likely to be Davila’s new mother-in-law and a
young female relative.
Edwin Roman, the priest who married the couple, said:
“Apparently, the bride already knew that her boyfriend had another
girlfriend so she was not surprised over the scandal outside the
The incident has caused outrage in Nicaragua, where the age of sexual
consent is 18. Lawyer Manuel de Jesus Chavez said Davila could face two
to four years in prison if found guilty of sex with a minor aged 14 to
Prosecutors say they are waiting for Rosa Esperanza to report the case officially so that they can charge the groom.
Elia Palacios, president of Women Against Violence, said:
“This is a crime. It has to be seen as a crime and the first thing we
should do is to find the man, arrest him and judge him for the crime of
raping a minor.”