Questa man accused of molesting children wanted for raping 5-year-old

Man's release ordered by Taos Magistrate Court

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 1/24/19

A Questa man accused of committing sex crimes against two children and battering a third in Peñasco in less than two weeks is now wanted for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl after his release was ordered in Taos Magistrate Court.

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Questa man accused of molesting children wanted for raping 5-year-old

Man's release ordered by Taos Magistrate Court

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A Questa man accused of sex crimes against two children and battering a third in Peñasco within less than two weeks is now wanted for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl after his release was ordered in Taos Magistrate Court.

Raymond M. Hernandez, 29, was first charged on Jan. 14 with molesting his girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter early the morning of Jan. 12. The same day, he allegedly battered another 13-year-old girl who was spending the night at their residence.

Court documents filed by the Taos County Sheriff's Office allege Hernandez gave both of the children alcohol before the alleged crimes. Hernandez's girlfriend and the victims provided statements regarding the allegations to a sheriff's sergeant.

In this first case, 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.

At a first appearance hearing held Jan. 15 in Taos Magistrate Court, Hernandez was released on a $10,000 unsecured appearance bond and was ordered to wear a GPS unit.

Details contained in the release order indicated Hernandez was to move in with a family member at a residence in Questa and was prohibited from having any contact with the victims or their families.

According to court records, Hernandez has no prior criminal history in New Mexico.

Two days later, however, Hernandez was charged with raping a 19-month-old girl who lives at the same residence from the Jan. 12 incident. Investigators with the sheriff's office gained probable cause to charge Hernandez after gathering statements from a witness during a safe-room interview. Results collected by a forensic examiner also indicated the child had been raped, according to court documents.

Hernandez appeared in Taos Magistrate Court for an initial hearing in that case on Jan. 24, and was again released on an unsecured appearance bond, which was set at $20,000.

The day of his release, Hernandez was charged with raping a 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. While a safe-room interview conducted with the child provided further evidence of the alleged crime, a physical examination of the child did not produce evidence consistent with the allegations, court records indicate.

A warrant has been issued for Hernandez's arrest.

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