Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rolando Saucedo Charged with Sexual Assault on 10-year-old

An energy drink was the bait used by a Brownsville man to gain entry into the bedroom of a 10-year-old girl and to sexually assault her repeatedly throughout the night, police said.

Rolando Saucedo, 23, was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and burglary with intent to commit sexual assault, said police spokesman Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique.

On Wednesday morning Saucedo went before Municipal Judge Ben Neece, who set his bond at $500,000 per count for a total of $1,000,000.

Saucedo was transported to the Carrizalez Rucker Detention Center Wednesday afternoon after providing police with a confession, police said.

"I’m sorry. ... I’ve let everybody down. I’m sorry for the pain I’ve caused," Saucedo said as he was being placed inside a police car.

His arrest took place Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m. when the victim’s 16-year-old brother and 28-year-old sister restrained Saucedo after finding him inside the girl’s room, said Manrrique, adding the victim’s brother checked on his sister after their parents went to work.

"He saw his sister reading to someone and when he took a closer look, he saw Rolando hiding under the covers," the spokesman said.

During their investigation, police learned that Saucedo befriended the victim about two months ago at Sunrise Mall and had been speaking to her via a cell phone, Manrrique said.

On Monday night, Saucedo parked his 2002 Jeep Liberty on the driveway of a house under construction at 4008 Cesar Lane and walked to the girl’s house on Old Port Isabel Road, gaining entry through the window after promising the girl a can of Irish Blend Monster energy drink, the spokesman said.

Investigators took the victim to Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, where members of the Child Through Adult Abuse Response Team confirmed the girl had been repeatedly violated, police said.

"This is what we’ve been warning parents about; don’t leave your children unattended," Manrrique said. "He is a predator who found his victim at the mall. A lot of parents have a misconception that kids know what to do in certain situations; the problem with that is that they don’t. If parents don’t open communication lines with their children and bring up these kinds of subjects, they will not know what to do in a situation like this. A predator will promise them the world and give them craved attention and this is the end result. She had no chance. ... This could have been prevented. "

Manrrique said predators have a universal mode of operation: They target a victim. They make contact and then convince them to keep a secret.

"Once they convince them to keep a secret they have won," the spokesman said.

Much to the surprise of investigators, Saucedo previously was charged in another sexual assault of a child in Laguna Vista, the spokesman said.

In April of 2005, Saucedo was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child involving a 13-year-old girl, said Chief First Assistant District Attorney Charles Mattingly.

Saucedo pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 years deferred adjudication. He also was required to register as a sex offender and attend sexual offender classes, Mattingly said.

In September of 2007 Saucedo absconded to Arkansas, missing appointments with probation officers and other terms of his supervised release, he said. Saucedo returned to Brownsville in March of last year, he added.

On April 29 of last year, the DA’s office filed a motion to adjudicate, asking state District Judge Arturo Nelson to remove the supervised release of Saucedo and sentence him to a minimum of 10 years in prison, Mattingly said.

The first hearing on the motion was set for Dec. 5, 2008 but was reset for Dec 9 of last year.

The case was reset 7 more times until May 14 of this year when Nelson revoked Saucedo’s bond and ordered he be taken into custody and sent to county jail, Mattingly said. The amount of the bond was not immediately available.

On June 18 Nelson ordered that Saucedo be subjected to polygraph testing and released him from custody on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond. Further hearing was reset for Oct. 6.

"Since that first hearing on December 2008, the district attorney’s office has done everything possible to have Saucedo sent to prison," Mattingly said. "Less than two months later (after released on the PR bond) he’s arrested. This is a terrible thing; that little girl will never be the same."

The DA’s office has requested that the $1 million dollar bond that Neece set on Saucedo be upgraded to no bond, Mattingly added.


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