Melrose Park Man Recorded Sex Assaults of 14-year-old Girl to Force Her Silence, Cops Say

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Rodolfo Salazar, 39, of Melrose Park, was charged this week with predatory criminal sexual assault and child pornography. | Courtesy Cook County Sheriff’s Office

Thursday, June 30, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || @village_free 

A Melrose Park man has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor on multiple occasions, recording the assaults and then using the recordings to keep the teenager from speaking up about the attacks. The minor, police say, is a 14-year-old Villa Park girl.

Earlier this week, Rodolfo Salazar was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault and child pornography, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office. During a June 29 court hearing in Rolling Meadows, Salazar’s bond was set at $250,000.

According to a recent report by Patch, sheriff’s police received a report around 1:20 a.m. on June 27, saying the girl “had been sexually assaulted multiple times over three years.”

“During the investigation, detectives learned Salazar taped the assaults and threatened to release the recordings if the victim told anyone about the assaults, the sheriff’s office reports,” Patch reports. “The recordings were found during the investigation.”

Read the full Patch report here. VFP

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