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Posted at 9:04 AM ET, 08/ 6/2010

Guilty plea for transporting girl for sex

By Washington Post editors

A Texas man who worked for a Maryland trucking company has pleaded guilty to transporting an 11-year-old girl from Maryland for sex.

Prosecutors say 41-year-old Elmer Zelaya-Robles took the girl from Prince George's County in February to other states including Virginia and Tennessee.

Prosecutors say Zelaya-Robles had sex multiple times with the girl and that he planned to reside with her in Dallas.

The girl called her mother and said she was with Zelaya-Robles, who was friends with her family. The girls' parents called police and prosecutors say a Tennessee highway trooper stopped Zelaya-Robles after an Amber Alert was issued.

Zelaya-Robles is scheduled to be sentenced in December. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | August 6, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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