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UPDATE: Portsmouth Man Arrested on Rape Charge

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 7/10/13 @ 6:30 p.m.
SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An illegal immigrant accused of raping at least three children will not be getting out of jail anytime soon.

Anselmo Soria was in Municipal Court in Portsmouth, Ohio, Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to a rape charge, and his bond was set at $200,000. But the Sheriff’s Office says even with the bond, Soria will be staying in jail because of his status as an illegal immigrant.

The investigation into the case is just beginning after a 16-year-old girl came forward Monday and said Soria had been raping her for years.

Now, Sheriff’s Office investigators are working to locate any other possible victims.

"When you're dealing with any type of sexual assault, they can find their victims many places,” Detective Jodi Conkel said. “You know, a lot of times when it does hit the news other victims could come forward. At this point, we don't know. Could he have found them in the community, in the neighborhood, other places he went? You know, that's just questions we don't know right now."

Soria has been in the country at least 16 years. He’s from Mexico and an illegal immigrant. He is married to a legal U.S. citizen, but never filed his paperwork to become one himself.

The Sheriff’s Office says he used multiple fake IDs to maintain his appearance as a legal immigrant. He was not employed.



ORIGINAL STORY: 7/9/13 @ 8:30 P.M.
PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A man that investigators say is an illegal alien has been arrested and charged with raping a 16-year-old girl.

The Scioto County Sheriff has charged Anselmo Reyes Soria, 50, of Portsmouth, Ohio, with one count of first-degree rape.

Sheriff Marty Donini says investigators received information Monday about a teen who had been allegedly sexually assaulted for years.

Detectives responded to several locations talking to witnesses and possible victims.

The Sheriff says that during the investigation, detectives also learned that several other children, ages 9 to 12, claimed they had been sexually assaulted Soria.

Donini says Soria has been illegally living in the U.S. for the last 15 years.

Additional charges against Soria could be presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury at a later date.

Anyone with any information concerning these assaults should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.


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