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Aug. 4, 2016

Rialto man who sexually assaulted 15-year-old girl sentenced to 155 years in state prison

CARLOS HERNANDEZ (BOOKING PHOTO)

Carlos Hernandez (Booking Photo)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A Rialto man who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl over a two year period was sentenced Wednesday to 155 years in state prison.

Carlos Hernandez, 35, was found guilty by a jury on April 20, 2016, of five counts of Forcible Rape-Child Victim Over 14 Years, five counts of Forcible Oral Copulation-Minor Victim Over 14 Years, and five counts of Sexual Penetration By Foreign Object-Minor Over 14 Years.

On Oct. 9, 2013, a detective from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department met with the then 18-year-old victim in this case (who will be referred to as Jane Doe) at the Pico Rivera Police Station.

Jane Doe was there to report that she had been sexually assaulted by her older sister’s husband, Carlos Hernandez, over the prior 2 years. Jane Doe was 15 at the time the assaults began, and Hernandez was 30-years-old. A Detective from the Rialto Police Department also became involved in the investigation once Jane Doe disclosed that some of the sexual assaults occurred in the City of Rialto.

The first assault took place in Rialto on Aug. 2, 2011, when Jane Doe was staying at her sister’s and brother-in-law’s house for a couple of weeks during her summer break from high school. During that first incident, Hernandez came into the guest room where Jane Doe was staying and began rubbing her thigh.

Despite her attempts to tell him “no” and push him away, he eventually forced his hand down her pants.

“Jane Doe never screamed for fear that her young niece and nephew would walk into the room and see what their Dad was doing to their Aunt,” said Deputy District Attorney Morrissa Cardoza, who prosecuted the case. “She was too afraid to tell her sister and break up what appeared to be a happy family, so she continued to keep the Defendant’s secret.”

The next night, the Defendant came back into her room, but this time his behavior escalated. The Defendant raped Jane Doe that night, and for the next four nights. Similar sexual assaults continued until Jane Doe was approximately 17-years-old, in both Rialto and in Los Angeles County where she lived with her parents.

According to Cardoza, Jane Doe was on the stand for six days during the almost ten week-long trial, and although Hernandez took the stand and adamantly denied all the allegations against him, the jury convicted him of 15 separate counts of various sexual assaults.

This case was investigated by the Rialto Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Contact: Christopher Lee, Public Affairs Officer (909) 382-3665 or via email at clee@sbcda.org or via text at (909) 782-5559

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