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5 children reported sexually abused; community shocked

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FAYETTE COUNTY (KWWL) -

There are at least five young victims now in the shocking sexual abuse and kidnapping investigation out of Fayette County.

The Fayette County Sheriff says Rodrigo Estrada and Holly Yonkovic, both of Ossian, were arrested Saturday.

Yonkovic faces child endangerment charges. Estrada is accused of kidnapping, possession of false documents and forgery.

"No! I couldn't believe she did that," said Jennie Birdsell.

Birdsell worked with Yonkovic at a convenience store in Ossian. She says she was shocked to see Yonkovic's mug shot on TV

"Holly was a good person," said Birdsell. "She would come to work. She would have her hair fixed. She wore make-up. We all loved her."

But now, people in the small town of Ossian are wondering what happened to the girl who lived there for some time.

"I couldn't believe it," Birdsell said. "I absolutely couldn't believe it."

Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher says an investigation which began on Aug. 1 in Waucoma led to the discovery of a 13-year-old girl that was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in June.

"This child was walking down the sidewalk when this person came along, and taken into his vehicle and in his apartment," said Fisher.

That's where Estrada, Yonkovic's boyfriend, is accused of sexually abusing the 13-year-old girl.

"The child was taken to an apartment and she couldn't leave and she was abused," said Fisher.

Fisher says the girl tried to get help and told Yonkovic.

"The 13-year-old female did make a report, did tell Holly what took place, and Holly failed to give any assistance to this female," said Fisher.

On Aug. 2, deputies issued a warrant for the arrest of Estrada.

Within 12 hours, the Sheriff's Department found and arrested Estrada and Yonkovic at a Strawberry Point motel.

An "immigration detainer" has also been filed with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That means that, when local law enforcement is done with Estrada, authorities will release him to ICE.

Rodrigo Estrada was going by the name "Ramon Perez" while he lived in Ossian, but the identity "Rodrigo Estrada" was revealed when this man was taken into custody and fingerprinted.

Estrada also faces charges for felony possession of false documents and forgery.

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