Bond set at $100,000 for defendant accused of sexually abusing child under 12

November 12, 2021 | Courts|Police

NEWIRK — Paul Edmond Rodriguez, 38, Ponca City, is being held in the Kay County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.

Paul Edmond Rodriguez

Rodriguez was arrested by Ponca City police on Nov. 3 at a hotel room following an investigation.

Detectives reportedly began conducting an investigation into the possible rape and molestation of a juvenile family member by Rodriguez after the girl disclosed information about the abuse to a mental health counselor.  

During an interview with detectives and child advocates, the girl disclosed abuse that occurred when she was eight-years old and in the care of Rodriguez.  

Rodriguez allegedly ordered the girl to take her clothes off, molested her, attempted to have sex with her, and made her shower immediately after the incident.

Rodriguez was arrested on complaints of attempted first degree rape, rape by instrumentation and lewd molestation of a child under the age of 12.  

He is scheduled for an initial appearance on Nov. 19.