Accused Child Rapist Found Hiding in the Dominican Republic
LANCASTER COUNTY — Lancaster Police say a man who failed to appear in court on charges involving the rape of a child was recently arrested in the Dominican Republic.
Authorities say the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force, along with law enforcement officials in the Dominican Republic, were able to arrest 49-year-old Oneximo Mendez on Jan. 19, 2021.
Officials say Mendez became a fugitive after failing to appear for a trial in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas to face charges of Rape of a Child, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse with a Child, Statutory Sexual Assault, Aggravated Indecent Assault of a Child, Indecent Assault, Criminal Solicitation, Sexual Assault, Unlawful Contact with Minor, Corruption of Minors and other related offenses. This resulted in a bench warrant being issued for his arrest.
Lancaster Police say charges were filed against Mendez in 2011 alleging that he had sexual contact with a minor, who was 12-years-old at the time and that the unlawful contact continued for several years.
Mendez failed to report to trial in September of 2014 and it was eventually learned by police that he may have fled to the Dominican Republic.
Lancaster Police detectives followed up on leads and enlisted the assistance of the United States Marshals Fugitive Task Force to attempt to track down and locate Mendez. The Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Mendez without incident. Mendez had been featured in Crime Stoppers and was on the Pennsylvania Most Wanted Fugitives list.
Mendez was recently extradited back to Lancaster County and is being held in the Lancaster County Prison on $2 million bail while he awaits a court date.
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