Alleged Child Abuser's Criminal Past

April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 7:07 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A Buffalo man is accused of unthinkable abuse against a four-year-old little girl.

Ediberto Rodriguez appeared in court for a felony hearing on Thursday morning.

The judge granted a restraining order, preventing Rodriguez from having contact with or going anywhere near the little girl.

The prosecution handed over three discs of Rodriguez' interview with Buffalo police.

Defense attorney John Nuchereno says "I'm told that he cooperated to the extent that he met with police on videotape for up to six hours and provided them with details."

The defense says that Rodriguez is not a violent man, but that he has had run-ins with the law.

Sources say he has been arrested ten times since 2007. That includes twice for felonies and six times for misdemeanors.

Some of those arrests include assault and criminal possession of stolen property. Those charges were dismissed.

There is another case pending for second degree harassment involving a minor.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda talked about Rodriguez' past.

On Wednesday, Derenda said "There was an incident I think a year prior with a one year old -- his own son -- I don't have all the details, but there is a history of child abuse."

However, it is this latest case that has residents near the West Avenue, Buffalo home left stunned.

Michael Biscuso said "people like that just need to be locked up for life. It's inexcusable."

Neighbors say violence in the area is common -- but nothing like this.

The judge is keeping bail at just below $399 thousand.

Nuchereno says that is not an amount Rodriguez can post, so he will be staying behind bars.

The victim's mother spoke with Eyewitness News' Rachel Elzufon. She would not comment about the case, but says her daughter is on the road to recovery.