Honduran illegal immigrant accused of raping girl, 16, in Washington
Washington police this week accused a Honduran immigrant of forcing an underage high school student to have sex and threatening to kill her and her family if she reported the attack.
Roger Emilson Acosta-Pagoada, 37, of Washington is charged with rape, false imprisonment and luring a minor into a motor vehicle. Magistrate Judge Robert Redlinger imposed a $100,000 bail and scheduled a preliminary hearing on July 2.
A Washington police officer on May 27 responded to investigate the reported sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in April. Acosta-Pagoada was at the victim's residence when the officer arrived, according to a criminal complaint.
He claimed that the sexual contact was consensual. The girl later reported it was not, police said.
An investigation revealed Acosta-Pagoada was in the United States illegally, so Washington police asked Homeland Security to detain him as a repeat violator of immigration laws.
Federal court records show that border patrol agents arrested Acosta-Pagoada in April 2007 near Eagle Pass, Texas, for illegally crossing the Rio Grande. He pleaded guilty to improper entry by an alien and received 120 days in jail.
The girl told police through an interpreter that she met Acosta-Pagoada at a Laundromat several months earlier and that they maintained contact regularly through text messages and social media.
In April, Acosta-Pagoada picked her up from Washington High School without her parents' permission, the complaint states. Instead of taking her home, police said, he took the girl to his West Walnut Street apartment, where he threatened to harm her or her family if she did not have sex with him.
After raping her at least once, Acosta-Pagoada drove the girl home, the complaint states.
The girl told police that she feared Acosta-Pagoada would retaliate against her if she told anyone about what happened.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Police: 2 anti-violence organizers beat ex-roomie in Washington
- Meadows Racetrack and Casino cash flow in dispute over sale
- Dispute at California party leads to arrest
- Washington apothecary shop restored to original look
- Police investigate 2 shootings in Washington County, 1 of them fatal