The patrolman sensed .something was amiss and questioned the adult male in the parked car
MEDINA -- Cleveland FBI's Stephen D. Anthony and Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci have announced the arrest of Edwin Franco Rolffo-Zavala, 24, of Navato, California.
They say that, on Jan. 24, a conscientious Medina City Police Department patrolman observed a parked car in a parking lot of a park with two occupants at 3 a.m.
The patrolman sensed .something was amiss and questioned the adult male in the parked car. The adult male, identified as Rolffo-Zavala, stated he and the girl were family members but the girl told a different story.
She said Rolffo-Zavalahad traveled from California to meet her. She also informed the patrolman that she had met Rolffo-Zavala online approximately nine months ago. Rolffo-Zavala was taken into custody for probable cause of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.
Medina police conducted a thorough investigation resulting in numerous search warrants being executed to include searches of cellular telephones, laptop computers, a motel room, a vehicle and coordination with Navato, California Police Department to conduct a search of Rolffo-Zavala's residence.
Various items of evidence were obtained which included transcripts and videos of chats indicating Rolffo-Zavala was aware of the girl's age of 13 during their online chats and her age of 14 at the time of their in-person meetings.
A meeting was held on March 5 between local and federal law enforcement officials to discuss the appropriate avenue to charge Rofollo-Zavala.
A federal complaint and arrest warrant was issued March 14. Rofollo-Zavala was taken into federal custody by FBI agents on March 17.
"Children should not be victimized by perpetrator s such as Rofollo-Zavala", said Anthony. "This was tremendous work conducted by the Medina Police Department. The FBI will continue collaborative efforts with out local partners to protect kids."
"This sends a clear message that our first priority is to protect the children of our community," said Berarducci. "We will call on all of our partners to ensure the most appropriate possible sentencing of an offender such as this can occur."