MARICOPA — A 27-year-old man is facing charges of raping and choking a child last month in Maricopa.

Richard Rodriguez, of Tempe, was arrested by Maricopa Police Aug. 14 after he allegedly raped a young girl at a home on West Velazquez Drive on Aug. 11.

According to a probable cause statement, the Phoenix girl spent the night at a family member’s house in Maricopa on Aug. 10 after a birthday party.

After family members went to sleep, Rodriguez allegedly woke the girl to go swimming with him at 3 a.m. The girl refused, saying she was too tired.

“He threw her into the pool, where he proceeded to rape her in the pool,” the police statement reads. “She said they went into the house and he threw her against a kitchen counter.”

The girl told investigators he raped her twice more, once in the kitchen, then again in the garage.

“He covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream and choked her,” court records state.

Rodriguez was arrested at his place of work in Phoenix and booked into jail on an outstanding warrant and on this case on Aug. 14.

He was charged with 11 separate counts by a Pinal County grand jury on Aug. 19 including eight counts of sexual assault of a minor, two counts of aggravated assault and kidnapping.

The age of the girl was not available.

State prosecutors have also filed paperwork stating that Rodriguez was convicted for conspiracy to distribute drugs on Dec. 9, 2013. He was convicted of the offense in a federal court.

The prior conviction will likely lead to aggravating circumstances being considered in the case as it goes through the court system.

Rodriguez remains in the Pinal County Adult Detention Center pending the posting of a $150,000 cash-only secured bond. Rodriguez is scheduled for a bond review hearing on Sept. 19 before Pinal County Superior Court Judge Delia Neal.

He is also to appear on Oct. 2 for a status hearing before Neal.

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