Molester Faces More Cell Time

Returns To Country Illegally

Posted: June 27, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A Honduran national who was deported after serving a year in prison for molesting a Harrisonburg girl will spend at least another nine years behind bars after police caught him in the United States again.

On Friday, during a hearing in Rockingham County Circuit Court, Judge James Lane revoked the entire nine-year suspended prison sentence for Dennis Hernandez, 29, also known as Fernando Hernandez.

“You hope that they don’t come back, but he came back …  and he came right back here,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ben Cline after the hearing. “The judge appropriately sent the message that if you commit a crime and come back, you should expect to do the time that awaits you.”

Hernandez, who was living in the U.S. illegally, was arrested April 16, 2008, when a 12-year-old relative told investigators with the Harrisonburg Police Department that he had molested her on March 3, 2008.

He was indicted by a Rockingham County grand jury on July 21, 2008.

On Aug. 18, 2008, Hernandez pleaded guilty to felony aggravated sexual battery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison with all but one year suspended.

Upon his release from prison, he was deported to Honduras.

On April 27, Hernandez was arrested in Harrisonburg during a routine traffic stop. At first, Cline said, he provided police a false name.

After Hernandez serves his nine-year sentence, federal charges could be filed for re-entering the country after being deported.

Contact Pete DeLea at 574-6278 or pdelea@dnronline.com



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