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Transient man pleads guilty to sex crimes against 16-year-old with special needs who was found in his camper after going missing

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A transient man pleaded guilty to multiple sex crimes against a 16-year-old with special needs who went missing and was found in his camper days later at a homeless encampment.

Tarynn Finn was reported missing in Jan. 2021 by her family in Santee, California, a suburb of San Diego. She was found 5 days later in a massive encampment in the unincorporated area of San Diego County.

Police arrested 32-year-old Rodolfo Emmanuel Ledesma in Nov. 2021 after an investigation and charged him with sex crimes according to KUSI-TV.

The teenager is receiving treatment to deal with the traumatic experience she underwent.

Sharie Finn, the mother of the teenager, spoke to KUSI about what they believe the man was doing with their daughter.

"Their intent was to move her up to northern California and start trafficking her up there, but by the grace of God she was found," said the mother.

She said that the family had accepted a plea agreement in order to avoid forcing her daughter to face the turmoil of testifying in court. She said Ledesma faced 25 years to life in prison for the charges but that the plea agreement was for 13 years and four months in prison.

Sharie Finn said that while she and a team of volunteers were looking for her daughter that she discovered a tunnel running under a freeway to the homeless encampment with rampant criminal drug and sex trafficking activity.

Finn has organized a nonprofit organization called the Rad Movement that provides comfort for victims of sex crimes and sex trafficking.

Here's a local news report about the incident:

East County San Diego transient facing many charges in sex crimes case pleads guilty www.youtube.com

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