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Indictment for Texas trucker charged with taking Md. girl with intent to rape

A Texas trucker who allegedly picked up an 11-year-old Prince George's County girl with the intent to rape her was indicted by a federal grand jury in Maryland, authorities said.

Elmer Zelaya-Robles, 41, of Grand Prairie, Tex., was stopped by police the night of Feb. 13 at a rest stop in Jackson, Tenn., authorities said. The girl was found in the sleeper area of this tractor-trailer.

The girl's parents had reported her missing that afternoon, authorities said. An amber alert was issued for an orange tractor-trailer in which she was believed to have been traveling. That night, a Tennessee highway trooper spotted the tractor-trailer.

If convicted, Zelaya faces a minimum of 10 years in prison, authorities said.

This item has been updated since it was first published.

-- Maria Glod

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 23, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
Categories:  Maria Glod , Pr. George's , Updates , Virginia  
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Police have said Zelaya-Robles is an acquaintance of the victim's family.

Posted by: mloaks | March 23, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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