Questa man accused of raping children arrested in Taos County

Law enforcement say man surrendered

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 1/28/19

A Questa man accused of raping a 5-year-old girl after judges in Taos County ordered his release on two child sexual assault cases was arrested Monday morning (Jan. 28).

Raymond M. Hernandez, 29, …

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Questa man accused of raping children arrested in Taos County

Law enforcement say man surrendered

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A Questa man accused of raping a 5-year-old girl after judges in Taos County ordered his release in two prior child sexual assault cases was arrested Monday morning (Jan. 28).

Raymond M. Hernandez, 29, surrendered to New Mexico State Police Officers at a local bail bondsman's office in Taos, according to Taos County Undersheriff Steve Miera.

Miera said his office has obtained a search warrant to gather a sample of Hernandez's DNA, which he believes will connect the 29-year-old to the rape of the 5-year-old.

Hernandez was first arrested Jan. 14 and accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl and battering another after allegedly giving the girls alcohol at a Peñasco house where he was living.

Court documents filed by the sheriff's office say Hernandez was charged with criminal sexual contact of a minor, abuse of a child, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of battery.

Hernandez was released the day after the arrest on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond at a hearing before Judge Ernest Ortega in Taos Magistrate Court. Ortega ordered Hernadez to wear a GPS monitoring unit and prohibited him from having any contact with the victims. Hernandez was also ordered to move in with a relative at a residence in Questa.

According to court records, Hernandez has no prior criminal history in New Mexico. In a child support case filed in 2012, a Taos District Court judge ruled he would have to pay more than $7,000 he had failed to pay to the mother of his child, who lives in Colorado.

Two days after his release, Hernandez was charged with raping a 19-month-old girl at the same Peñasco home where he was accused of assaulting the teens.

At a hearing in that case held Jan. 24, Judge Ortega again ordered the 29-year-old's release, this time for $20,000.

The same day, Hernandez was accused of raping the 5-year-old girl at a neighbor's home in Peñasco.

A sheriff's deputy responding to a report of the alleged rape gathered statements from the child's parents and a safe-room interview with a forensic interviewer provided further evidence of the rape, according to the sheriff's office. A physical examination by a nurse, however, did not produce evidence consistent with the allegations, according to court records.

A first appearance date for this case had not yet been set as of Monday (Jan. 28) at noon, according to court records.

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