MAN ARRESTED ON FIRST-DEGREE SEXUAL MOLESTATION CHARGE

MAN ARRESTED ON FIRST-DEGREE SEXUAL MOLESTATION CHARGE

An East Mesa man was arrested Friday on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual penetration allegedly involving a four-year-old relative.

Bernardo Porras, 44, of Kissiah Road, is being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center without bond. The charge is a first-degree felony because the incident allegedly involves a minor under the age of 13.

The four-year-old child disclosed information to his mother, teacher and bus driver alleging Porras had committed criminal sexual penetration. After further investigation, the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department had probable cause to arrest Porras. The case remains under investigation.

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