A man wanted by Metro police for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl more than seven years ago is in a Nashville jail following a traffic stop in Michigan.
Police in Canton Township, Mich., stopped Edy Chavez Pantaleon for driving without a license. Pantaleon initially identified himself as Carlos Mendez Lopez but during the booking process authorities discovered Pantaleon’s true identity along with the charges against him here in Nashville, according to police spokesman Don Aaron.
Pantaleon, who had been living in Ypsilanti, Mich., was booked into a Nashville jail late Thursday afternoon.
A Davidson County grand jury indicted Pantaleon, 41, in August 2003 on six counts of aggravated sexual battery on a minor younger than 13 and four counts of child rape. His alleged victim was an 8-year-old girl who was a student at Whitsitt Elementary school.
Police previously charged Pantaleon with sexual battery in September 2000, but he received a six-month jail sentence on a lesser charge of assault.
Metro police along with the district attorney general’s office and the Department of Children Services conducted the investigation.