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Illegal immigrant faces sex offense charges against girl

Posted March 31, 2009 9:26 a.m. EDT
Updated March 31, 2009 10:07 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives said they have charged an illegal immigrant from Mexico with sexually inappropriate behavior with a 6-year-old girl.

Elio Citala-Rodriguez, 28, of 100 Leighton Drive in Pink Hill, is a distant relative of the victim, authorities said.

The encounters happened between March 2006 and September 2007 while Rodriguez was living with the victim and her parents in Fayetteville, according to detectives.

Authorities were also investigating reports of inappropriate behavior that happened at a house in Pink Hill. Investigators say the victim in the Pink Hill case was forced to have sexual intercourse and engage in other sexual favors with Rodriguez. 

Pink Hill police said they planned to file charges against Rodriguez.

Meanwhile, Cumberland County detectives charged Rodriguez with first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child.

He was being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond. He was expected to make a first court appearance at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Detention Center Courtroom.

Rodriguez was also being retained by Immigration Custom Enforcement.