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December 1, 2015

Edwin Tollinchi-Rodriguez Sentenced to 450 Months’ Imprisonment

HAMMOND, IN—United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, David Capp, announced that Edwin Tollinchi-Rodriguez, age 30, of East Chicago, Indiana, was sentenced Tuesday, December 1, 2015, in federal court by Judge Rudy Lozano after his guilty plea of transporting a minor across state lines with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

Edwin Tollinchi-Rodriguez was sentenced to 450 months’ imprisonment and 20 years’ supervised release.

According to documents in the case, defendant Edwin Tollinchi-Rodriquez admitted in his guilty plea that on November 3, 2012, he knowingly transported an 11 year-old minor child, identified in public filings as “Jane Doe,” from the State of Indiana to the State of Illinois with intent that she engage in sexual activity that is prohibited by Illinois law, i.e., Criminal Sexual Assault under Illinois law.

At a hearing held on October 29, 2015, Jane Doe testified that the defendant began sexually abusing her when she was eight years old and that he threatened to kill her, her family and himself if she disclosed the abuse. Jane Doe explained that she believed Defendant’s threats because he had been violent with her, her mother and her brother on previous occasions.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in coordination with East Chicago, Indiana and the Lansing, Illinois Police Departments. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jill R. Koster.

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