EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSMan Living In U.S. Illegally Charged With Raping Teen
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 11, 2013 10:46 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 12, 2013 3:34 AM EDT
Portsmouth , Scioto County , West Virginia
A man living in the United States illegally was arrested and accused of raping a teenager.
Detectives were working to track down what they said could be more victims as the entire community was outraged.
Anselmo Soria, 50, was arraigned in Portsmouth Wednesday after police said he raped a 16 year-old girl.
The sheriff’s department received a tip that the girl had been assaulted for several years and they believe she might not be the only victim.
People who lived in the area said they were disgusted.
"My oldest daughter is 17 and my youngest is 11,” Shad DeHart, of Portsmouth, said. “It really bothers me."
People living in the area said they were frustrated with the immigration system, but more so with the fact that they believe children in their region were in danger.
"I don't know what to say about the illegal alien part. Whatever,” DeHart said. “I’m more concerned he was molesting our girls."
As Soria waits to have his day in court, one father had a message to anyone who would commit such a disturbing crime.
"It’s not smart to come here and mess with our children,” Dehart said. “There’s some good ol' boys who will take care of business."
Deputies said more charges could be pending.
Soria is currently in the Scioto County Jail.
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