JUNEAU — On Tuesday, a Dodge County court deemed a 32-year-old Beaver Dam man, accused of molesting two children, competent to proceed to trial.
Roberto Rodriguez-Rodriguez is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 30. He is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child under age 12. He could be sentenced to 120 years in prison if found guilty of both charges.
Rodriguez was found incompetent in September and spoke to the court Tuesday to say he felt he was still incompetent to go to trial. Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Martin De Vries found that Rodriguez had the mental capacity to understand the proceedings and assist in his own defense and is competent to proceed with the case.
According to the criminal complaint, two girls, 6 and 8, went to his apartment July 5 to see his cat. The father of one of the girls contacted police the next day to report the assault. The two girls were crying when police arrived. The girls told police that when they went to the apartment that Rodriguez took the two to his bedroom and sexually assaulted them.
As the police officer was telling the parents of the girls that he needed to contact a detective to interview the girls because of their ages, a relative of Rodriguez’s entered the apartment.
According to the complaint, she told officers that Rodriguez denied the assaults when she asked him about them. However, when she told him that she was going to get the girls’ parents, he left on foot and threatened to kill himself.
The detective met the girls at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford, where they were undergoing sexual assault exams. The girls told the detective that after Rodriguez assaulted them, he showed them a movie that they described as being “disgusting.” The girls said he assaulted them after watching the movie as well.
Rodriguez was taken to Beaver Dam Police Department by a woman who told police that he had wanted to go to Mexico to avoid punishment. The woman told police that she had told him that he would be brought back to the U.S. as a fugitive if he didn’t surrender to police.