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Jury rules Mendoza-Hernandez guilty in criminal sexual conduct case

Mendoza-Hernandez was arrested in June 2022 on multiple charges related to criminal sexual conduct.

Andres Mendoza-Hernandez
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WORTHINGTON — A Nobles County jury has found Andres Mendoza-Hernandez, 48, of Worthington, guilty of two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony count of solicitation of a child. The trial ended on March 17.

Mendoza-Hernandez was charged with one felony count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in June 2021 , alleging he engaged in sexual penetration with a victim under the age of 13. He was later charged with another count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, alleging he engaged in sexual contact with a victim under the age of 13 and a third count alleging electronic solicitation of a child.

The trial began on March 16, at the Prairie Justice Center in Worthington, with Assistant County Attorney Braden Hoefert trying the case on behalf of Nobles County. The trial lasted approximately two days, with the case going to the jury around 3 p.m. on March 17. The jury deliberated approximately two and a half hours before returning its verdict of guilty on all counts.

Mendoza-Hernandez will be sentenced in approximately four weeks. He faces up to 30 years imprisonment, a $40,000 fine, or both.

Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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