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E'town man charged with rape, sodomy

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By Sarah Bennett

An Elizabethtown man faces multiple felony sex charges after police say he carried on a sexual relationship for several years with a juvenile female relative.

Francisco J. Vasquez, 45, was arrested Sunday morning on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and second-degree sexual abuse.

Virgil Willoughby, spokesman for Elizabethtown Police Department, said investigators responded Saturday to Vasquez’s Picardy Court residence after the child contacted police regarding a domestic situation and sexual offense.

According to a citation, the girl, who is younger than 16 years old, told police she and Vasquez had carried on a sexual relationship since she was 10. She told police that sexual contact occurred multiple times per week for several months and the last incident happened June 16, according to the citation.

Forcible contact is not alleged.

Police said Vasquez left his residence before police arrived and returned Sunday morning.

When he returned, Vasquez allegedly provided a note to another relative indicating he made a “big mistake,” according to police. In addition, investigators executed a warrant to search Vasquez’s phone, which police said yielded “evidentiary communication.”

Vasquez remains lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond. He was arraigned via video feed Monday in Hardin District Court and is scheduled to appear July 5 for a preliminary hearing.

Vasquez is charged with two Class C felonies, each of which is punishable by five to 10 years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.