Stateline man charged with unlawful contact with minors |

Stateline man charged with unlawful contact with minors

Tribune staff report

Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Detectives have been conducting a follow-up investigation to several cases that were reported to the Reno Police Department. The cases involved a suspicious man who was riding a bicycle in South Reno near Damonte Ranch, and approached young girls.

Through victim descriptions, Reno Police Detectives were able to generate two forensic composite sketches from two separate cases that were reported since January. Both composite sketches had similar characteristics as described by the 8- and 15-year-old victims. The sketches were then distributed to local law enforcement agencies, schools in South Reno, and postal carriers who deliver mail in the area.

On Sept. 10 another report was filed with the Reno Police Department that had similar circumstances as the previous cases, and with the suspect matching the composite sketches. On Sept. 16, detectives with the Regional Sex Offender Unit were checking the areas where the incidents occurred and contacted a Hispanic man who looked like the subject depicted in the composite sketches. The subject was photographed and identified as Jose Manuel Rosas-Rojas, 58, of Stateline.

Since contacting Rosas-Rojas, Reno Police Detectives have re-interviewed all four victims from the three reported cases involving young girls. Through their interviews, Rosas-Rojas was positively identified as the suspect in the Sept. 10 case, and as a possible suspect in the first two cases.

On Wednesday Reno Police detectives met with Rosas-Rojas and because of the descriptions and statements made by the victims, he was arrested an charged with a gross misdemeanor count of Unlawful Contact with a Minor.

Reno Police are asking that parents speak with their children about any suspicious encounters with anyone matching Rosas-Rojas photograph and report it to the Reno Police Department Sex Crimes Unit at (775) 657-4601 or Secret Witness at 322-4900,, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.

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