Thursday, April 19, 2012

Man who raped 13-year-old, now charged in new sexual assault on 14-year-old girl

ST. CROIX - Javier Rodriguez, charged last month with raping a 14-year-old girl, pleaded not guilty Wednesday and is heading to trial in the V.I. Superior Court case against him.

Rodriguez, who already is a registered sex offender, was charged in 2008 and later convicted of the repeated rape of a 13-year-old girl, whom he impregnated. He recently completed a three-year sentence for that crime.

Rodriguez, 30, was unable to post the $75,000 bail and remains incarcerated at Golden Grove Correctional Facility. He appeared before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan Wednesday and was formally charged with first-degree aggravated rape, first-degree unlawful sexual contact and kidnapping for rape.

Gallivan entered Rodriguez's not guilty plea for the record and said the case would be assigned to Judge Harold Willocks. A jury trial date will be scheduled in July.

According to the affidavit filed in Superior Court by V.I. Police Detective Naomi Joseph, the 14-year-old victim told police she was walking to the bus stop on her way to school in October when a man, who she now knows as Rodriguez, approached in a BMW and started talking to her. She said because she did not know him, she ignored him and kept on walking, according to Joseph.

The victim said he kept driving as she walked, and she saw one of her friends on the way who greeted Rodriguez, told her that she knew him and asked him to take them to school, Joseph wrote.

The victim said when they got in the car, Rodriguez began driving west on Melvin Evans Highway instead of east toward the school, and he pulled up to his home and said he needed to get something, according to the affidavit.

The girl told police that her friend got out of the car and she followed. When they went into the house, Rodriguez said he would be right back and locked them inside the house, according to the affidavit.

The victim said they looked for ways to get out of the house, but there were none, and while she was looking in the bedroom for a way out, Rodriguez came back with another man, Joseph wrote.

The victim said Rodriguez came into the room and pinned her on the bed, and she screamed for her friend and tried to fight him off, but he overpowered her and raped her, according to the affidavit.

The girl kept the attack a secret until last month, when she told a counselor who assisted her in telling her parents and later the police, according to Joseph.

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