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Mendoza-Hernandez sentenced in Worthington criminal sexual conduct case

Proceedings for a second court case are still underway.

Andres Mendoza-Hernandez
Mendoza-Hernandez
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WORTHINGTON — Following a March trial in which a jury declared Andres Mendoza-Hernandez, 48, guilty on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and electronic solicitation of a child, the Worthington resident was sentenced in Nobles County Fifth District Court this week.

Mendoza-Hernandez was first charged in June 2021 , after it was reported that he had engaged in the repeated sexual assault of a victim under the age of 13 over the course of several years. The victim had reported Mendoza-Hernandez when he returned to Worthington and resumed the sexual abuse after being away for several years.

Mendoza-Hernandez pleaded not guilty and a two-day trial began March 16 with Assistant County Attorney Braden Hoefert trying the case on behalf of Nobles County. The jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts. Mendoza-Hernandez was convicted of one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and electronic solicitation of a child, both felony offenses.

Mendoza-Hernandez was sentenced to 144 months in prison, with 318 days credited for time served. Conditional release after confinement was set at 10 years.

In a second case involving criminal sexual conduct, Mendoza-Hernandez recently plead guilty to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, having previously entered a plea of not guilty. Proceedings for that case are still underway.

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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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