Man accused of taking girl to Illinois for sex
By Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org November 9, 2012 10:51AM
Updated: November 10, 2012 10:29PM
An East Chicago man has been accused of taking an 11-year-old girl across state lines to sexually abuse her, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the U.S. District Court in Hammond.
According to the affidavit, the girl called police after Edwin Tollinchi-Rodriguez abused her that day.
The girl told them Tollinchi-Rodriguez, who she knew, had approached her that morning about going to the hospital for a stomach pain and that he needed her with him so she could translate for Tollinchi-Rodriguez, who doesn’t speak English.
However, Tollinchi-Rodriguez instead took her to several hotels, stopping quickly at two before finally settling on one in Lansing, Ill. He then took her into a hotel room, where he took off her pants and sexually touched her, according to the affidavit.
Security videos from the hotel showed officers what the girl had told them, even Tollinchi-Rodriguez going back to the hotel’s front desk after the first room card he was given didn’t work.
The girl told the East Chicago Police Department that he had often abused her during the past four years while her mother was at work but that he had threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
Tollinchi-Rodriguez has been ordered held without bond pending a detention hearing set for Tuesday. Although he has not been charged yet, he has stipulated to probable cause to a count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, according to court records.