A Smyrna man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a 7-year-old girl.
Between Oct. 1 and March 13, investigators with the Smyrna Police Department said Jose Alberto Dealmonte raped the girl "more than one time inside her residence."
During one incident, the girl told authorities that she tried to get away, but Dealmonte allegedly "grabbed her by the leg and pulled her back to him," according to a Cobb County criminal warrant.
The girl said that Dealmonte told her not to tell anyone about the alleged sexual abuse. "Accused called it their 'secret,' " an officer wrote in the warrant.
Dealmonte was arrested Thursday night on charges that include rape, child molestation and cruelty to children in the first degree, according to online jail records, which list his birth year (1988), but not the month and the date.
He is in the Smyrna City Jail without bond. He has a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold on his release.