Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Herminio Martinez Arrested for Molesting 12-year-old

A 26-year-old Livingston man was arrested Monday on allegations that he molested a 12-year-old girl, the Merced County Sheriff's Department reported.

Herminio Martinez was arrested in Atwater after the girl, who was missing for a few hours Sunday, returned home and said she'd been with the suspect, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman.

The victim described Martinez as her "boyfriend," MacKenzie said. Her family reported the alleged crime Monday.

Sheriff's detectives busted Martinez after he was under the impression that he'd been meeting the girl at her aunt's home, MacKenzie said. After he arrived at the house, however, he was taken into custody by Detective Alex Barba and Deputy Ralph Zyskowski.

Investigators believe Martinez was having sexual relations with the girl for the past few months -- possibly since the age of 11.

He was booked on suspicion of child molestation and remains at the John Latorraca Correctional Center in lieu of $250,000 bail.


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