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Posted at 7:39 AM ET, 12/ 7/2010

20 yrs. for man who took Md. girl, 11

By Maria Glod

A Texas trucker who took an 11-year-old Prince George's County girl from her home and had sex with her was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison, federal authorities said.

Elmer Zelaya-Robles, 41, of Grand Prairie, Tex., a friend of the girl's family, picked her up on Feb. 13 and took her first to Virginia, then to Texas, according to court records.

Authorities said Zelaya-Robles called the girl's father and said he was in love with the child. Zelaya-Robles and the girl had talked on the phone in the months before.

The girl's parents reported her missing and Zelaya-Robles 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 his tractor-trailer.

Zelaya-Robles pleaded guilty to transporting the girl from Maryland to engage in sex.

By Maria Glod  | December 7, 2010; 7:39 AM ET
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Only 20 years... are we insane? This deserves more jail time.

Posted by: janeway1 | December 7, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse


it is just as bad to say that Latino men are fond of young girls. that is racism pure and simple. it doesnt matter what the race, there are disturbed people in this world. stereotyping an entire race just because of a few nutjobs is absolutely unexceptable, no matter what color they are.

Posted by: numbersonthebrain | December 7, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain why we think this preadator will be 'ok' in 20 years?!! Perverts like that don't change their behaviors.He should be put away for life!

Posted by: soccerhead | December 7, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse


what color are you?

Posted by: wonder4real | December 7, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Imagine someone working for Montgomery County (Ride-On) being CONVICTED of child molestation in neighboring PG County, yet was not only given a slap on the wrist by PG, but allowed to keep his job w/ Ride-On (transporting kids & adults), yet the victims father, also a Ride-On employee, was terminated, for reasons including bringing charges against a fellow employee.

WHERE is the justice??

C'mon MAN!!

Posted by: Robbnitafl | December 7, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Sentenced to 20, wonder what he will really serve?

Posted by: BEEPEE | December 8, 2010 2:56 AM | Report abuse

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