PELHAM, AL (The Pelham Reporter) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has made an update in the case of a 13-year-old Pelham girl who went missing on Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Pelham area.
Rodrigo Chagolla Ortega has been charged with rape in the second degree, which is a Class B Felony, and enticing a child, which is a Class C Felony, by MCSO after the girl was found safe in Huntsville following a collaborative two-day search from several law enforcement agencies, including the Pelham Police Department.
According to the Madison County Sheriff’s office, Ortega told the girl he was 19 years old after meeting her through a social media site before she was picked up on Tuesday morning at 7:30 in a dark Mercedes SUV.
Following several leads, investigators were led to a location on Joslin Street in Huntsville where both the victim and Ortega were located and taken into custody without incident.
Ortega is currently being held at the Madison County Jail on bonds totaling $30,000. He is on an ICE Detainer, which keeps him there for 48 hours after bail has been posted while ICE agents determine whether or not to take him into federal custody for deportation.