The Herald Bulletin

September 16, 2013

Suspect in sexual battery incident released on bail

By Jack Molitor The Herald Bulletin
The Herald Bulletin

---- — ANDERSON — A man accused of sexually assaulting a minor was released on bond on Sunday.

Juan A. Hernandez, 36, of Anderson, faces charges of sexual battery and criminal confinement in connection with an incident on early Sunday morning. He was released on bail of $4,500 at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, shortly after he was booked.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the female minor, whose name and age were redacted from the affidavit, was staying at a friend’s house in the 1000 block of West First Street on Saturday night.

At around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, when the girl and Hernandez were talking in the garage, Hernandez began to talk about his sex life. The girl told police the topic made her uncomfortable, so she got up to leave. Hernandez allegedly grabbed her and began to fondle himself.

According to the affidavit, the girl said she was able to fight out of Hernandez’s grip and ran upstairs to a bedroom, where she called her mother. Her parents arrived at the home to pick her up, and Hernandez allegedly urged her not to report the incident as she headed for the door.

During a police interview with the girl and her mother, the mother received a phone call from Hernandez, who allegedly apologized for the incident. Hernandez turned himself in to police shortly after.

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