“ANIMAL” GUILTY OF NINE COUNTS OF LEWD ACTS WITH A CHILD

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February 5, 2015

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“ANIMAL” GUILTY OF NINE COUNTS OF LEWD ACTS WITH A CHILD

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Yesterday, a jury convicted Marco Hernandez of nine counts of committing a lewd act with a child. His acts included the sodomy, vaginal penetration, oral copulation, and kissing of a victim who was seven years old when these crimes began.  The total prison exposure of these crimes is 82 years to life.

 

“The crimes this man committed amount to pure evil,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “This was a particularly heinous case, so I’m grateful the system worked and exposed his true colors.  He will never have another victim.”

 

Evidence presented at trial proved that Hernandez, who likened himself to an “animal” when interviewed by police, committed these lewd acts between the months of July 2011 and December 2011. The victim finally disclosed the crimes to her mother in late December, who then went to San Francisco Police at Bayview Station. Through the help of the victim’s mother, who preserved the victim’s underwear, the jury was able to hear testimony regarding DNA evidence that helped convict Hernandez.

 

In total, Marco Hernandez was charged with one count each of intercourse, sodomy, vaginal digital penetration, and anal digital penetration of a victim under the age of ten. He was also charged with five counts of oral copulation against the same victim.

 

During the course of the trial, the defense attempted to portray the victim, who was Hernandez’s stepdaughter, as a liar. In interviews with police, Hernandez claimed the victim wanted these heinous acts to be performed, even claiming the seven-year-old victim seduced him into these crimes. In the end, however, the overwhelming weight of the evidence, the defendant’s own words, and the courage of the victim to come forward were more than enough for a jury of 12 San Franciscans.

 

Leslie Cogan, the Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted the case said, “This victim was so brave, and her courage ensured no other children will endure such despicable crimes.”

 

This successful investigation was made possible due to the excellent work of Assistant District Attorney Leslie Cogan, victim advocate Omar Reyes, paralegals Nina Stellini and Maria Lopez, SFPD Sergeants Liza Tiffe and Tony Flores, and intern Larissa Jones.

 

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