June 19th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A Costa Rican tourist surnamed Ulate, 56, who was arrested yesterday in the city of Natal in Brazil for allegedly hiring a 16-year-old transvestite for sex, appears to be provincial delegate to the Costa Rican National Assembly and Citizen Action Party (PAC) politico Olger Ulate Ulate, according to reports in both Brazil and Costa Rica.
“If it is indeed him, he has won the repudiation of the party,” said PAC president Olivier Perez.
Perez said the man arrested in Brazil appears to be the politican.
“The Citizen Action Party repudiates, as much as humanly possible, this kind of activity,” Perez said.
President Luis Guillermo Solis will not address the issue, his press office said.
The Costa Rican mission in Brazil confirmed that a 56-year-old man surnamed Ulate was arrested for child sexual exploitation and is receiving consular assistance.
According to initial reports, Ulate was arrested after reporting to Tourism Police that he had been robbed of $1,500, an iPhone, and his passport. Apparently Ulate led police to the minor as the suspect.
The 16-year-old minor, who is a transvestite, told police that she was a prostitute and that Ulate, intoxicated, refused to pay her after having sex, and threatened to accuse her of robbery to police.
UPDATE (11:57 a.m.): The minor apparently admitted to stealing Ulate’s cash and belongings after he refused to pay about $200 after she and (according to initial reports) a 32-year-old woman performed sex acts. Police were able to recover Ulate’s belongings. Ulate claims he was unaware that the prostitute was underage and was released from custody, but authorities say the charges are “very serious” and carry a penalty of between 4 and 10 years in prison. It is not clear at this time if Ulate’s passport was returned to him.
UPDATE (3:57 p.m.) Additional reports appear to indicate that Ulate may remain in Brazilian custody, and the minor involved may have been the one released after admitting to the theft of Ulate’s cash and possessions, though Inside Costa Rica is unable to independently verify this account. This story has also received some correction to detail post-publication, those interested in the changelog can email email@example.com. We are now able to release a non-blackened image of Ulate from his mugshot in Brazil, below: