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Thousand Palms man suspected of soliciting intercourse with a minor arrested

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Ramiro Rodriguez (Photo by Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

A Thousand Palms man is charged with requesting a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old minor online, Riverside County sheriff officials say.

Ramiro Rodriguez, 35, was arrested Thursday by the Riverside County’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force.

Task force members posing as a 13-year-old woman performed an undercover operation Monday to solicit sex from a minor online.

Rodriguez initiated an online conversation with the aim of soliciting a sexual encounter with a 13 year old minor.

During the conversation, Rodriguez reportedly agreed to meet the online decoy on Thursday at a location on the 72-900 block of Highway 111 in Palm Desert with the intention of engaging in indecent acts, officials said.

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Task force members arrested Rodriguez, with the assistance of the sheriff’s Palm Enert Special Enforcement Team, when he arrived at around 7 p.m.

Rodriguez was sent to the John J. Benoit Detention Center in Indio on suspicion of soliciting a 13 year old minor for indecent acts. He was released on Friday on $ 50,000 bail, according to prison records, and will reappear in court on July 22nd.

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force encourages anyone with additional information to contact Investigator Julio Oseguera at (760) 836-1600 or call investigator Julio Oseguera anonymously at (760) 341-STOP and reference R21 084 0007.

The Eastern Riverside County’s Anti-Trafficking Task Force was established in March 2020 to tackle crimes related to the exploitation of victims by violence, fraud or coercion in the eastern half of the Coachella Valley. These cases often involve commercial child sex trafficking, as well as cases of forced labor, indentured servitude, bondage, or slavery.

The task force combines the investigative resources of local and federal law enforcement agencies and also provides victim services and education / outreach through partnerships with nonprofit groups Operation Safe House, Rebirth Homes and Million Kids.

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