A Palm Springs preteen was watching TV, curled up on her mother’s bed. It was December 2013. She’d just gotten home from school.
An hour passed before the 46-year-old man who rented part of her home jumped from the bedroom closet, grabbed her, pinned her to the bed and raped her, village police say.
Five months later she found out she was pregnant. She’d just turned 13.
Nearly three years after police say Eduardo Robelo Martinez-Zaleya raped and impregnated the 12-year-old girl, he faced a Palm Beach County judge Thursday.
It took months to pinpoint the Hondurian citizen’s identity, according to a police report. Police had probable cause for Martinez-Zaleya’s arrest in August 2014. The man, now 49, was booked early Thursday into the Palm Beach County Jail, according to jail records. It’s unclear where he was previously.
Martinez-Zaleya knew the girl’s family because his sister had married their cousin in Honduras. The girl’s mom rented him the living room couch for $300 a month, she told police.
Months after Martinez-Zaleya moved in, the 12-year-old was watching TV on her mom’s bed after changing out of her school uniform, she told police. She didn’t know Martinez-Zaleya was home, nonetheless in the nearby closet.
When he emerged and grabbed the girl, she threatened to tell her mom. He pulled down her shorts. Martinez-Zaleya was too strong, she told police. She couldn’t fight him off.
When she didn’t get her period, her mom had her take a home pregnancy test.
It was positive.
An ultrasound revealed she was 19 weeks along, police said. The girl and her mom were crying when police met them at a hospital. The next day they scheduled an abortion.
The girl told police Martinez-Zaleya once showed a picture of his genitalia to the girl and her older sister. Another time when he was drunk he told the girl he used to touch her when she was little. The girl didn’t believe him.
Jail records show Martinez-Zaleya was being held Friday morning in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $100,000 bond.