Undocumented Immigrant Accused Of Raping Springdale Girl

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) — A Mexican man living illegally in Springdale is accused of raping an 11-year-old girl.

Luis Mario Rodriguez-Torres, 21, was arrested Saturday (July 28) in connection with rape — a Class Y felony.

The girl said Rodriguez-Torres contacted her through Snapchat and asked her to meet him. When she did, Rodriguez-Torres wouldn’t let her leave and then raped her, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Benton County sheriff’s deputies later used Snapchat to track Rodriguez-Torres to the Cave Springs area, where he was arrested.

Deputies learned Rodriguez-Torres, a framer for the housing industry, had also used Snapchat to ask other underage girls for nude photos, according to the affidavit.

Deputies confirmed Rodriguez-Torres was living in Northwest Arkansas illegally through the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a national computer system operated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Rodriguez-Torres was being held Tuesday (July 31) at the Benton County Jail on a $100,000 bond. He has a hearing set for Sept. 4 in Benton County Circuit Court.

Class Y felonies are the most serious crimes in Arkansas not punishable by death.  A person convicted of a Class Y felony could face life in prison.

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