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Suspect arrested after committing years of child sexual abuse

YCSO arrested illegal alien Mendez Hernandez for years of ongoing sexual abuse of a child beginning when she was six years old.

Sedona AZ (October 18, 2018) – On October 16, 2018, around 4:30 p.m., Rigoberto Mendez-Hernandez, 34, was arrested by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives at his residence in the 47000 block of Third Street, Ash Fork, Arizona. He was charged with Sexual Conduct with a Minor and Child Molestation.

In September of this year, YCSO detectives received information about the ongoing sexual abuse of a female by Rigoberto Mendez Hernandez beginning when the victim was six years old and occurring over the next several years. The victim, now a young teen, provided specific details of the ongoing abuse to specially trained sexual assault investigators during the course of the investigation.

Mendez Hernandez had been a ‘trusted’ adult in the victim’s life during this time. During an interview on October 16, 2018, he admitted to the years of abuse by blaming the victim for instigating a majority of the activity.

Following booking, a routine records check revealed Mendez Hernandez was in the U.S. illegally and, as a result, Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) has placed an Immigration Hold on him pending adjudication of this case. He is being held without bond.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website at www.ycsoaz.gov.

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