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Published January 25, 2012, 04:55 PM

Grafton Man Admits to Sexually Abusing 11-year-old Girl

GRAFTON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A Grafton man has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after he admitted to having sexual conduct with a girl under 15 years of age.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

GRAFTON, ND (WDAZ-TV) - A Grafton man has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after he admitted to having sexual conduct with a girl under 15 years of age.

Dedrick Rodriguez admitted to a Grafton police officer that he had sexual intercourse with a girl who was approximately 11 years old at the time, according to an affidavit.

Rodriguez allegedly touched the girl in the genital area over her clothing, had oral sex with her on at least two occasions and had sexual intercourse with her on at least two occasions in 2007.

The alleged incidents occurred in Hoople, ND, and continued for "numerous" months, according to a criminal complaint. Rodriguez moved to Grafton in 2009.

Rodriguez had a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. He has a jury trial scheduled for April 17.

Continuous sexual abuse of a child is a Class AA felony, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

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