HAMMOND | An East Chicago man has entered into a plea agreement on a federal charge of crossing state lines to engage in sex with an 11-year-old girl.
Edwin Tollinchi-Rodriguez in his agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Hammond said he was prepared to tell the court that on Nov. 3 he transported the 11-year-old girl from Indiana to Illinois.
According to his statement, he told the girl his stomach was hurting and needed her to go to the hospital so she could translate for him. Rather than drive the girl to the hospital, he drove her to several hotels and engaged in sexual activities with her at a hotel in Lansing, the statement says.
Tollinchi-Rodriguez originally was charged in November after an investigation by members of the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the East Chicago Police Department and the Lansing Police Department.
The girl told East Chicago police Nov. 3 that she had been molested by the then 27-year-old Tollinchi-Rodriguez, according to court documents. On Nov. 4, the victim told an FBI child forensic investigator that the sexual abuse had been going on about four years and that Tollini-Rodriguez had threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone about what had been going on, court records state.
Another charge against Tollinchi-Rodriguez is still pending.