Illegal immigrant charged with sex crimes

Detectives say 28-year-old Elio Citala-Rodriguez lives in Pink Hill, N.C. but is in the country illegally from Mexico.

The alleged encounters happened between March 2006 and September 2007 while Rodriguez was living with the victim and her parents in Fayetteville. Investigators say some of the incidents also took place at Citala-Rodriguez's home in Pink Hill.

He allegedly forced the child to have sexual intercourse with him and perform other sexual favors.

The Pink Hill Police Department is also expected to file charges.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office charged Citala-Rodriguez with first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child.

He is being held under a $100,000 bond and is expected to make his first court appearance today. He is also being held in custody by Immigration Custom Enforcement.

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