20 yrs. for man who took Md. girl, 11
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.
| December 7, 2010; 7:39 AM ET
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