A Florida woman is accused of bringing her minor sister to the U.S. from Spain so that the teen could be sexually abused. Since 2012 when she was 16, Marta San Jose, 21, has been living with Dale Leary, 50, in the Miami suburb of Cutler Bay. San Jose first entered the country on a high school exchange and when she turned 18, married Leary. Later, San Jose’s sister came to America to try to persuade her sister to return home to Madrid, Spain. While the sister was staying with Leary, he sexually abused her, authorities say.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. San Jose’s Family Was Unaware She Married the 50-Year-Old Leary
CBS Miami reports that San Jose’s family in Spain were unaware that she had married Leary. When San Jose first came to the U.S., Leary was married to a different woman. After San Jose turned 18, Leary got divorced and married the student.
ABC Miami reports that when San Jose was in the 11th grade, the pair flew to Spain to ask her parents to allow San Jose to remain in the U.S.
San Jose’s sister joined the couple in South Florida in 2014, reports ABC Miami. The 14-year-old victim told cops that things seemed normal as she stayed with her sister and Leary, reports CBS Miami. The victim was then convinced that she had been sexually abused by her parents. It was San Jose and Leary who convinced her despite the victim’s protests that she couldn’t remember any abuse. San Jose said the victim couldn’t remember because she was too young.
CBS Miami reports that authorities say during one instance of abuse, Leary put his hands down the victim’s pants “to prove she was sexually assaulted.” The ABC Miami report adds that San Jose told her sister she wanted to remain in the U.S. to avoid going back to their abusive parents.
The pair were married for two months before the victim visited, reports NBC Miami.
2. The Victim Says She Was Plowed With Alcohol So Leary Could Take Naked Photos of Her
NBC Miami reports that the victim was convinced to have sex with San Jose and Leary, according to police. San Jose allegedly told her sister that it would be therapeutic to the abuse she suffered.
CBS Miami says that one night, the victim told authorities that San Jose plowed her with alcohol with Leary then taking photos of her. ABC Miami reports that Leary had told the victim that he was a photographer. One photo showed the 14-year-old naked wearing just high heels. Another showed the sisters together, naked, touching breasts.
3. In 1998, Leary Developed a Branded Video Game Aimed at Getting Kids to Drink Cherry Coke
Leary was the director of The Lost Island of Alanna, a 1998 branded video game for Coca-Cola. It was aimed at getting teenagers to drink Cherry Coke. A description of the game on Ebay calls it, “You are on the lost island of Alanna – located somewhere west of Cyprus, Mediterranean Sea – and have to find its treasure. To do that, you have to solve several puzzles, much like in The 7th Guest.
This short game was distributed freely to Cherry Coke buyers and, as a marketing strategy, The Coca Cola Company included several clues on its website and on specially marked Cherry Coke bottles (these clues never appear in the game).”
A bio for Leary describes the game in more grandiose terms as, “one of the first and most complex online technology-based branding initiatives in history for the Coca-Cola Company, setting global standards for online communication and fulfillment.” That same profile cites Leary as the author of Mission Escalation Response Training for the Dismounted Soldier, a U.S. Army Research Institute publication.
According to his LinkedIn page, Leary is the executive director of Steamwerx Inc, a company that describes itself as a “Leading Steamwerx in developing creative innovation, technology integration, and product development for subsidiaries and worldwide clients.” Online records show that Marta San Jose is listed as a vice president of that company. His LinkedIn shows that Leary has been either managing director or CEO of multiple defense companies in Miami.
4. The Victim Is Back in Spain With Her Family
While both Leary and San Jose are in jail, the victim is now back in Madrid with her parents, reports ABC Miami.
5. Officials Believe There Could Be More Victims
Leary and San Jose are charged with lewd and lascivious conduct, engaging in a sexual act with a familial child, among other offenses, reports CBS Miami. Authorities believe there may be other victims in the case. Anybody with information or who has come into contact with Leary or San Jose is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIP. Some tips are subject to a $1,000 reward.