De­tails emerge about man ac­cused of 6 sex­ual as­saults

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HAMIL­TON » A Hamil­ton man charged with more thana dozen­sex crimeswas ac­cused of rap­ing a woman as far back as 2013, ac­cord­ing to po­lice records.

In all, Erid­son Ro­driguez, 26, of Lib­erty Street, is ac­cused of sex­u­ally abus­ing at least six women, records show. Po­lice be­lieve there may be more vic­tims and asked for the pub­lic’s help find­ing them.

A judge this week or­dered Ro­driguez de­tained on the charges.

Four ac­cusers stepped for­ward af­ter pros­e­cu­tors charged Ro­driguez with rap­ing two drunk and in­ca­pac­i­tated women, ages 19 and 20, dur­ing par­ties last year at his town­ship home.

Au­thor­i­ties were in­ves­ti­gat­ing Ro­driguez since at least last year.

The sex as­saults span six years, ac­cord­ing to prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davits ob­tained by The Tren­to­nian. Two of them hap­pened in 2019, two in 2018, one in 2017, and one in 2013, records show.

Many of the vic­tims were iden­ti­fied by ini­tials in the com­plaints.

One woman told cops that Ro­driguez forced him­self on her on June 25, 2013 while they hung out to­gether in the woman’s base­ment, ac­cord­ing to a prob­a­ble cause af­fi­davit.

Ro­driguez was kiss­ing the woman when he be­gan “force­fully” re­moved her clothes, the records state.

She told Ro­driguez she was not go­ing to have sex with him, but he con­tin­ued re­mov­ing their clothes.

At that point, the woman told Ro­driguez to stop “sev­eral times” be­fore he pen­e­trated her with his fin­ger, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Un­able to es­cape Ro­driguez’s grasp, the woman was raped, ac­cord­ing to po­lice records.

Ro­driguez faces two counts of sex­ual as­sault and a sin­gle count of crim­i­nal sex­ual con­tact in that at­tack.

Another woman con­tacted Hamil­ton Po­lice De­tec­tive Daniel In­man on Sept. 16 to re­port that Ro­driguez sex­u­ally as­saulted her in April 6, 2017.

Ro­driguez was charged with sex­ual as­sault, ag­gra­vated crim­i­nal sex­ual and crim­i­nal re­straint af­ter the woman told cops Ro­driguez pinned her against his bed and raped her at his home on the 1800 block of South Broad Street, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

The woman ar­rived at Ro­driguez home around 2 a.m. that morn­ing. He lured her into his bed­room, threw her on the bed and pinned her arms over her head to the bed, the af­fi­davit says.

She told cops she froze and “was un­able to stop Erid­son’s ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior” as he re­moved her pants, un­snapped a body­suit and raped her, ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Ro­driguez is ac­cused of vic­tim­iz­ing at least two women in 2018, records show.

The first at­tack hap­pened Jan. 21, 2018, records show.

The vic­tim was at Ro­driguez’s home for a party. She was lay­ing on the ground in­side his bed­room charg­ing her phone with sev­eral oth­ers.

She didn’t no­tice that the peo­ple had left un­til Ro­driguez en­tered the room and shut the door be­hind him, the af­fi­davit says.

Ro­driguez asked the woman if she wanted to take half a pill that he had, but she de­clined.

In­stead of re­spect­ing her de­ci­sion, Ro­driguez al­legedly put the pill in his teeth, grabbed the woman’s wrists and pinned her to he bed while he tried to get her to take the pill, records show.

Then Ro­driguez threw the woman on the bed and held her wrists down again. He re­port­edly grew “frus­trated” with her re­fusal to take the pill be­fore the woman grabbed her phone and left the room.

Ro­driguez is charged with at­tempted sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion and crim­i­nal re­straint in that at­tack.

On June 16, 2018, another woman told cops she was at Ro­driguez’s house par­ty­ing when he called her into his bed­room and locked the door be­hind them.

Ro­driguez wouldn’t al­low the vic­tim to leave the room and be­gan “ag­gres­sively” kiss­ing her, the com­plaint said.

“The vic­tim kept telling the ac­cused ‘no’ and that she wanted to go back with her friends,” Hamil­ton Po­lice De­tec­tive Matthew Dono­van wrote in the af­fi­davit.

She tried push­ing him away but couldn’t es­cape and he raped her. Ro­driguez was charged with a sin­gle count of sex­ual as­sault in that at­tack.

Two women say Ro­driguez also sex­u­ally as­saulted themwhile they­were drunk and in­ca­pac­i­tated at par­ties in 2019.

In­man learned of the March 2019 rape while in­ves­ti­gat­ing a May 2019 sex­ual as­sault, ac­cord­ing to his af­fi­davit.

The first as­sault oc­curred March 9, 2019, at Ro­driguez’s home on the 1300 block of Lib­erty Street.

Hamil­ton Po­lice be­lieved the as­sault hap­pened in Tren­ton, but later learned it oc­curred in the town­ship.

The vic­tim told cops that Ro­driguez had sex with her while she­was “highly in­tox­i­cated” and it was “non­con­sen­sual,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

Ro­driguez was charged with sex­ual as­sault and ag­gra­vated sex­ual con­tact in that at­tack.

Another woman came for­ward say­ing she was raped in­side a sec­ond-story bed­room May 12, 2019.

A wit­ness told cops he heard loud bang­ing on the sec­ond floor and dis­cov­ered sev­eral of the vic­tim’s friends try­ing to get into the bed­room to check the woman, the af­fi­davit says.

The wit­ness found a key to un­lock the bed­room and saw the vic­tim and Ro­driguez “ly­ing naked in his bed,” ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit.

He gave “greater de­tail about Ro­driguez and the vic­tim were po­si­tioned on the bed,” the com­plaint says.

The vic­tim gave a state­ment to po­lice say­ing she was heav­ily in­tox­i­cated and could not re­call much of what hap­pened.

Another wit­ness told po­lice that Ro­driguez and the vic­tim were alone in the bed­room, In­man says in his sworn af­fi­davit dated Sept. 3. She saw the woman’s un­der­wear and pants around her an­kles.

Ro­driguez ad­mit­ted hav­ing sex with the woman, records show.

In a Sept. 2 phone call, De­tec­tive Shari John­son of the Mercer County Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit in­formed In­man that As­sis­tant Prose­cu­tor Tim Ward de­cided to charge Ro­driguez with ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault and ag­gra­vated sex­ual con­tact af­ter a “con­sid­er­a­tion of the facts and cir­cum­stances in the case,” the af­fi­davit shows.

Au­thor­i­ties con­tinue in­ves­ti­gat­ing Ro­driguez, and any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call MCPO De­tec­tive Shari John­son at 609989-6758 or Hamil­ton Po­lice De­tec­tive Daniel In­man at 609-581-4000.

MCPO

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