On November 1, 2003, illegal alien Antonio Rosales is accused of dragging a 10-year-old girl off her scooter and into a patch of woods in Casselberry, FL, raping her and choking her nearly to death
At his trial in December 2007, the girl testified that she was on her way to the store. It was dusk, and she was on an errand -- to buy macaroni for dinner. She had borrowed her brother's scooter, the old-fashioned kind, and was gliding down the sidewalk. She had decided against taking a shortcut through the woods. "It was starting to get dark," she told jurors.
A man stepped out of the woods, a stranger. He said "Hola," hello in Spanish, then put his arm around her shoulders and began pulling her into the woods. She resisted, she said, and he grabbed her by the ponytail and dragged her backward into the dark. She tried to fight him off, she told jurors, but he leaned over and wrapped his hands around her throat. "I remember kicking him . . . trying to get air for a few seconds," she said. "I don't remember much after that." She blacked out. When she came to, she was alone, she said . Her shirt had been pulled up, her pants were around her ankles, and she was covered with hundreds of fire-ant bites.
In December 2007, the seven-member panel heard an English translation of what Rosales told detectives he did with the 10--year-old. He had been drinking, he said, and pulled the girl into the woods. She fought and yelled, he said. He pulled down her clothing and touched her. He let her go, he said, because she was so young and because she was screaming.
A state DNA expert testified that he found Rosales' DNA on the girl's breast. The analyst, Tim Petree with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said none of the samples he processed included semen. A nurse practitioner who performed a rape exam on the girl testified that she found evidence consistent with a sexual assault. Assistant State Attorney Anna Valentini stated in her closing argument that Rosales had confessed to sexually abusing the child, she said, and he had intended to do worse. "He choked her so hard, she lost consciousness," Valentini said.
Rosales said something in Spanish, "Something to the effect of, 'I didn't do that' " said Etienne van Hissenhoven, his translator. Rosales then picked up the keyboard and slammed it twice into the monitor, knocking it to the floor. At the time, Rosales, an undocumented worker in construction from Guatemala, was homeless, according to authorities.
Two years earlier, he had disappeared from Tucson, AZ, where he was accused of raping and strangling his 74-year-old landlady, whose body was found Aug. 9, 2001, in the home they shared. Tucson police Sgt. Fabian Pacheco said the 74-year-old also had been sexually assaulted and choked. Rosales confessed to both crimes, Pacheco said. Once Rosales' Florida trial is over, he will be extradited to Arizona, Pacheco said Tuesday.
In December 2007, Rosales was convicted of kidnapping a child, attempted murder and child rape.
Prior to illegally entring the United States, Rosales previously served time in a Guatemalan prison because of the death of a woman there.
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