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Man who sliced boy’s hand with samurai sword indicted for rape, child pornography

NEW ORLEANS, La. — A River Ridge man has been arrested and charged with raping a preteen girl and producing child pornography with the victim in Orleans Parish.

District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office secured an indictment against 37-year-old Edwin Rodriguez for first-degree rape of a juvenile under the age of 13 and production of child pornography involving a juvenile under the age of 13.

An Orleans Parish grand jury handed up the indictment on January 24.

Rodriguez was arrested by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in August after he sliced the hand of an 11-year-old boy with a samurai sword when the boy armed himself with a knife to defend his mother after Rodriguez threatened the woman with the sword.

A search of Rodriguez’s cell phone turned up the child pornography, and the victim, who was sometimes in Rodriguez’s care, told investigators that Rodriguez had raped her.

The sexual assault occurred sometime in 2017 or 2018, between the victim’s 11th and 12th birthdays, according to Cannizzaro’s office.

Rodriguez faces a mandatory life sentence if convicted on the rape charge and 25 years to life in prison if convicted on the pornography charge.

At the time of the indictment, Rodriguez was out on bond.

He now faces a $150,000 bond related to the indictment.

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