Rodolfo Ramirez Tinajero – Repeat Sex Offender lured victims with work ads

A rape suspect accused of trying to lure victims through work ads on local radio stations faces possible new charges in a second case.

Rodolfo Ramirez Tinajero made a preliminary appearance Thursday in Yakima County Superior Court on the new requested charge of first-degree rape. He will be arraigned next week.

Ramirez Tinajero, a
45-year-old Toppenish man, already faces trial on separate allegations that he raped a woman who was looking for orchard work in the Buena area in August 2007.

The case filed Wednesday involves an April 2007 incident in which a woman said she was raped after answering an ad on a Lower Valley radio station.

The woman, now 26, told Yakima County sheriff’s detectives that she met the suspect at the orchard outside of Wapato. He then led her to a remote area, held a knife to her throat and tried to rape her, according to the police report.

Unlike the August victim, the woman was not able to identify her attacker in a photo lineup, detectives said earlier. But the report filed Thursday states that DNA found on gloves left at the scene ties Tinajero to the incident.

The orchard attacks were especially troubling to local Spanish-language radio managers because many Latino residents and employers rely on the stations for work ads.

And court records show that the suspect was convicted in another sex-related Yakima County case in 1994 and also faces sex-crime charges from Utah.

A Zillah woman told sheriff’s detectives in 1994 that Ramirez Tinajero kicked in her door after she refused him entry, then tried to undress her, according to court records. She fought him off, and he left after pleading with her not to call police.

Ramirez Tinajero was charged with attempted rape, but he entered a modified plea to first-degree burglary when the victim said she did not want to pursue the original charge. He was a friend of the woman’s family.

Regardless, the judge found that the burglary was sexually motivated, meaning Ramirez Tinajero would have been required to register as a sex offender if he was released. But that apparently never happened because he was deported in June 1995, shortly after completing his 17-month sentence.

Officials with the state Department of Corrections say that deported offenders are instructed to register if they ever return to the country, but they’re difficult to track if they reenter illegally.

Records available Thursday did not indicate when Ramirez Tinajero came back to the United States, but he was charged in 2000 in Utah with forcible sex abuse and lewdness, according to a pending arrest warrant. Utah court files show a slightly different age and first name.

When sheriff’s detectives arrested Ramirez Tinajero in August 2007, they found that he had various identification documents for his real name and two aliases. He had been using forged papers showing the fake names to obtain work, detectives said in their report on the arrest.

He remains at the Yakima County on $1.5 million bail. Federal immigration agents and U.S. marshals have also placed hold orders against him.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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