Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Suspected illegal immigrant charged with raping Pa. woman

September 11, 2007

The Associated Press

KLINGERSTOWN, Pa. - State police say a suspected illegal immigrant from Mexico assaulted and raped a woman inside her Schuylkill County apartment.

Police say 28-year-old Justino Diaz Espiridion entered the 20-year-old victim's apartment in Klingerstown without her permission late Sunday, hit her in the head and stomach and raped her.

He's facing charges of rape, burglary and related offenses. He's jailed under $35,000 bail.

State police Sgt. Craig Stine says Espiridion is a migrant farm worker who had been in the country only a few months. He says Espiridion was "infatuated" with his victim but that she had spurned his advances.

Stine says Espiridion didn't have any work papers and police suspect he is in the country illegally.


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