Charges have been filed against Rodrigo Sandoval Estrada of Ossian after a yearlong investigation involving Northeast Iowa law Enforcement agencies, in addition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Winneshiek County Attorney’s office filed charges of three counts of second-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony, and one court of third-degree sexual abuse, a Class D felony, against Estrada, also known as Ramon Perez.
In August of 2013, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department and Calmar/Ossian Police Department started a joint investigation into sexual abuse and child endangerment allegations involving four minor children.
Estrada was arrested for first-degree kidnapping in August of 2013 after he allegedly picked up a 13-year-old girl while she was walking down the street in June of 2013 and took her to an apartment in Waucoma where he abused her. His girlfriend, Holly Ann Yonkovic was reportedly aware of the abuse, but allowed Estrada to have access to children, according to court records.
The Department of Human Services worked with the Sheriff’s Department to remove the children from the home while the allegations were being investigated. The children were take to St. Lukes Children Protection Center and then placed with area foster families during the investigation. The Department of Human Services is still working with the families of the victims involved and making sure the children receive services and assistance, according to Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Deputy Gordon Buss.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and ICE became involved when more allegations of sexual assault involved victims in Fayette County, and the investigation led ICE officer to numerous arrests of people harboring illegal aliens and other federal charges.
In October of 2013, the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Department and Calmar Police Department charged Yonkovic with three counts of child endangerment and one count of tampering with a witness. She was sentenced on those charges in February.
Buss said the investigation was completed with the recent charges filed against Estrada.