Published On: Thu, Oct 26th, 2017

Illegal immigrant Hugo Mendoza-Cora charged with felony molestation of pre-teen girl

An illegal alien in Wyoming is in a local jail on charges of allegedly molesting a pre-teen girl, priming the debate over illegal immigration yet again.

An exam by a sexual assault nurse reportedly confirms injury to the child. The parents of the young girl contacted school officials after she told them about the alleged molestation. School officials immediately notified police who started an investigation.

Police in Casper, Wyoming, arrested Hugo Mendoza-Cora, 36, and charged him with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor (a third-degree felony).

District Attorney Michael Blonigen’s office requested a $100,000 bond be set because of the nature of the offense and the fact that the suspect is an “undocumented immigrant.”

After Mendoza-Cora complained that the bond was “a lot of money,” Natrona County Circuit Court Judge Steen Brown set a much lower bond of $50,000, according to the Casper Star-Tribune. 

The teen recounted to police how Mendoza-Cora touched her genitals and made her touch his. She said he would come into her room at night. She claimed the assaults occurred on multiple occasions over the course of a year. The girl told the investigators she would wear zip-up pajamas to make it more difficult for him to assault her.

Law enforcement officers notified U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials after learning Mendoza-Cora is allegedly in the country illegally, K2radio.com reported.

He has been ordered by the judge to have no further contact with the victim. He is listed as being the owner of H&M Mendoza Painting company.

If convicted on the charges, he could face up to 15 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

As far back as 2015, President Trump spoke out against crimes committed by illegal immigrants, winning the 2016 Presidential election in part due to the promise to “build a wall” and crack down on these violent criminals.

photo/Fbi.gov public domain

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