Mercedes man accused of sexually abusing young girl

Joel Alberto Rodriguez // Hidalgo County Jail Photo

A Mercedes man remains behind bars after being accused of molesting a young girl.

Mercedes police booked 43-year-old Joel Alberto Rodriguez into the Hidalgo County Jail at 1:14 a.m. Saturday.

Rodriguez is facing two counts of indecency with a child.

Mercedes Police Chief Olga Maldonado spoke to Action 4 News about the investigation.

Chief Maldonado said that the girl told her doctor a man, later identified as Rodriguez, was touching her inappropriately.

The chief said it TMs important for victims and their parents to come forward sooner rather than later with these types of allegations.

We have seen an increase in sexual offenses, Chief Maldonado said. I'm sure not only in our city but all over and I think that it is important that we educate our kids to go ahead and speak to somebody that's got to be the keyword. They need to go and speak up TM

Jail records show that Rodriguez was also wanted for violating the terms of his probation for a felony DWI case.

Rodriguez remains in custody at the Hidalgo County Jail under $20,000 dollars in bonds and an immigration detainer.