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Local sports official commits suicide after sex abuse claims: reports

A former student Marianela Sánchez made explosive allegations on social media that Rodríguez had raped her when she was 13 years old.

Tuesday 18 December, 2018
Luis María Rodríguez.
Luis María Rodríguez. Foto:Facebook

A local sports officials and dance instructor in San Pedro, Buenos Aires province, reportedly committed suicide on Monday after sexual abuse allegations against him were aired on social media.

Luis María Rodríguez was San Pedro municipality's local Sports Director and a well-known personality in the city because of his background as a dance and folklore instructor.

Authorities have not yet released details about the alleged suicide though Santa Fe newspaper Uno reported an autopsy was underway on his body to determine the cause of death. 

Earlier, a former student Marianela Sánchez made explosive allegations on social media that Rodríguez had raped her when she was 13 years old.

"There is a movement which is happening, thank God, to say enough is enough; to report violence and abuse. And I understand the girls that I have heard and I see that they are speaking up, because it's difficult", Sánchez said in a video posted online, in which she can been seen fighting back tears.

"I am going to have to stand up to a bunch of situations I don't want to face but it has to be known. I am sure there are other victims. When I was 13, I was raped by Luis María Rodríguez", she said.

Argentina is currently engaged in a complex and heated debate on violence against women.

A fourth accusation of sexual assault against high-profile actor Juan Darthés last week sparked outrage.

Since then, several new cases of alleged abuse have surfaced including in politics.

On Monday, a sitting member of the Florencio Varela city council was arrested on suspicions of operating a child prostitution ring.

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