Smithville Police Investigators have made another arrest for the crime of Statutory Rape of a Minor.
27 year old Rafael Murillo of 398 College Street, Smithville, an illegal alien from Mexico, is charged with statutory rape. His bond is set at $10,000.
Chief Thomas J. Stufano says\" On Monday, the parents of a 15 year old girl brought their daughter to the Police Department to report that a rape occurred by a 27 old acquaintance of the family. Investigators were able to determine that the 15 year old juvenile had been casually dating the adult with the parents also being aware of the connection. Murrillo stated he had been dating the minor since September 2006. He was routinely invited to sleep over at the juvenile's home in Liberty with the minor and that the parents were aware of the association. During the interview of the parents, minor and Murillo, officers learned that the minor's parents would also drop the juvenile off at Murillo's home late at night where the two would stay until 2:00 - 3:00 am He would then drive her back to her home in Liberty. \"
\"The investigation noted that on Sunday evening the juvenile received a call from Murillo to come over to his house in Smithville to talk about their recent breakup occurring a week earlier. The mother dropped off their daughter at Murillo's home and instructed her to be home by midnight. The minor states that the two were lying on the bed talking and Murillo began touching her without her consent. She stated that she told Murillo numerous times to stop but he continued until the sexual assault occurred. Murillo then brought the minor back to her home.
Murillo was later arrested and charged in the case.
Detectives are continuing with the investigation with additional charges possible.
Smithville Police in cooperation with our citizens, Crime Watch partners, neighboring law enforcement agencies and the media are making a difference in the fight against crime in our community. We are committed to keeping our children safe from those individuals looking for crimes of opportunity.