A 46-year-old man was arrested Sunday afternoon after he raped a girl who had agreed to go to his motel room for cigarettes, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Eliud Deleon, of Waco, was arrested at New Road Inn, 4000 N. Interstate 35 frontage road. He met a girl at a South Waco convenience store Sunday afternoon and told her he would give her cigarettes back at his motel room if she went with him, Swanton said. An arrest warrant identifies the alleged victim as a 15-year-old.

Deleon forced himself on the girl in the room at about 3:30 p.m., and the girl later left and went home, where she reported the assault, Swanton said.

The two did not know each other before their encounter at the convenience store, Swanton said. Police investigated the girl's claims and went back to the motel, where they found Deleon.

Police arrested Deleon at his room shortly after 7 p.m. on a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault of a child. He remained in McLennan County Jail on Tuesday with bond listed at $20,000.

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Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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