Army sergeant accused of NC sex crimes involving kids arrested in Puerto Rico

From staff reportsMarch 6, 2014 

— The U.S. government has arrested a 34-year-old man accused of multiple sex crimes in Harnett County, including three charges involving children.

Oscar Rodriguez, 34, also is accused of deserting the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army, according to the U.S. Marshals Service in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The suspected crimes occurred between summer 2013 and the beginning of 2014, the marshals service said. Rodriguez is accused of forcibly entering the bedrooms of two of his victims, the service stated.

The Harnett County Sheriff’s Office sought Rodriguez on three counts of indecent liberties with a child, two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree sex offense, one count of sexual battery, two counts of crimes against nature and four counts of first-degree burglary, according to the marshals service.

The U.S. Army on Feb. 21 took out a warrant for Rodriguez on a military desertion charge and put him on the service’s “Top 15 Most Wanted” list, the marshals service release said.

Rodriguez was a staff sergeant stationed at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C., according to the release.

A fugitive investigation tracked Rodriguez, according to the marshals service, through multiple states and on to Puerto Rico. U.S. marshals arrested him early Thursday.

Rodriguez is being held in Puerto Rico pending extraction to Harnett County, according to the marshals service.

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