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Monday, May 30, 2011

Only 10 years for Agg Sex Assault of a Child PLUS Aggravated Kidnapping?

I'm still re-arranging the next post, so please enjoy the story of Jose Miguel Rodriguez, who kidnapped & raped a 12 year old boy and pled down to 10 years in TDC. He was caught by Heidi Ruiz, the same officer who testified in Coy vs. Texas, 2002.

July 20, 2005 -- The actions of a Houston Police Juvenile Division investigator, Heidi Ruiz, are being credited in the arrest and charges filed against a suspect wanted in the kidnapping and sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy on June 4. The suspect, identified as Jose Miguel Rodriguez (H/m, DOB 2-12-71), is in custody and has confessed to his role in the crime. Rodriguez is charged with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault of a child in the 338th State District Court and is being held without bond...

...The boy and his eight-year-old cousin were leaving the Dollar General Store about 3:25 p.m. when they met the suspect in the parking lot. The suspect told the boys he could not speak English and needed someone to order food for him at the McDonald's restaurant across the street at 8320 Broadway. The children agreed to go with the suspect and got into his van. The suspect gave the younger boy money and sent him into the restaurant to order the food. He then drove away with the 12-year-old in his vehicle.

The suspect drove to a secluded area, had the victim disrobe, and then forcibly sexually assaulted him. After the assault, the suspect dropped off the victim at a restaurant on Monroe at the Gulf Freeway. The victim then started walking and got a ride back to his home from a Good Samaritan. The younger boy, after discovering the van and his cousin missing from the parking lot, walked home and told his parents what had happened. The parents called police.


I can't find a single article about Rodriguez' ultra-light sentence, but you can see the documents at the Harris County District Clerk's website: http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/eDocs/Public/Search.aspx

Search under the 'criminal' tab. Make sure you enter his birth date too, or you'll get several hits.