Man Charged With Statutory Rape Was Deported, But Returned To US
A fourteen-year-old girl in Charlotte gave birth on a bathroom floor this weekend. She identified the father as 35-year-old Juan Hernandez. He's in the country illegally. He was deported after his last run in with the law two years ago. But he made his way back to the U.S. and now he's returned to the Mecklenburg County jail. Hernandez was first arrested in 2010 for drunk driving. The Mecklenburg County jail flagged him as a likely illegal immigrant and turned him over to immigration officials. A few months later, Hernandez was deported to Honduras, but some how he came back to the U.S. He returned to the Mecklenburg County jail on Sunday after police charged him with statutory rape. "It's not a shock that this person would be re-encountered by my folks," says Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey. Since 2006 jailers in the county have had the authority to identify suspected illegal immigrants and begin deportation proceedings. Over that time, the sheriff's office has turned over about 18,000 inmates to immigration officials. "They could be put out on a bond. They could be deported. They could be taken straight before an immigration judge," says Bailey. "It's all up to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and we don't know what happens to them after they leave our facility." That is, Bailey says, except for the 1,100 that have returned to the jail after some time. Hernandez is being held on a $250,000 bond. According to the Charlotte Observer, he admitted to having sex with the victim on several occasions. CMPD would not confirm that. If Hernandez is convicted, immigration officials say he'll serve his sentence in the U.S. and then be deported again.