Child rape suspect is released from jail TWICE—only to allegedly rape a toddler & 5-year-old girl

A New Mexico man who was arrested on January 14 for allegedly molesting two 13-year-old girls was reportedly released from jail a second and third time—and went on to rape two more children.

According to KOB, Judge Ernest Ortega released Raymond Hernandez, 29, a day after the initial sexual assault charge and ordered him to wear a GPS monitor. Taos News reported that Hernandez was accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter and another 13-year-old girl who was spending the night at the Peñasco home on January 12. He allegedly provided the victims with alcohol before carrying out the crimes.

Two days after his release, Hernandez was reportedly rearrested and charged with raping a 19-month-old girl who lived under the same roof. Taos News reported that it was the same Peñasco home where Hernandez allegedly sexually assaulted the two girls days earlier.

KOB reported that Ortega released Hernandez on January 24, this time on a $20,000 bond. The same day as his released, Hernandez for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl at a neighbor’s home in Peñasco.

Though police said an interview with the 5-year-old victim indicated Hernandez raped her, a physical examination conducted by a nurse didn’t produce evidence consistent with a sexual assault, according to Taos News.

However, Taos County Undersheriff Steve Miera told The Epoch Times they’re confident obtaining a search warrant to collect Hernandez’s DNA will connect him to the rape of the 5-year-old girl.

Judge Ortega, who reportedly allowed for Hernandez’s release on two occasions, hasn’t commented on the 29-year-old’s repeated arrests.


[Featured image: Raymond Hernandez/Taos County Adult Detention Center]