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California Latter-day missionary arrested for alleged sexual abuse of woman – Deseret News

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints immediately removed one of its missionaries from volunteer service when the California man was arrested in Utah on Saturday after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.

Abraham Isaac Cruz Hernandez, 19, was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of rape, forcible sodomy and sexual battery.

“This individual was immediately removed from voluntary missionary service as soon as the church became aware of these very serious and disturbing allegations,” the church said in a statement. “The church is fully cooperating with the police in this investigation. Missionaries are expected to adhere to the highest standards, and those who do not will be released and sent home, and in situations involving criminal charges, will also face loss of Church membership .’

Saratoga Springs police received a call and responded to a home where a woman said she had been sexually assaulted by a man who lived across the street, according to a police affidavit, according to KSL.com. Officers found Hernandez in a driveway when they arrived. He told officers that he had been alone with the victim and that the two “ended up having sex,” the affidavit said, according to KSL.

The woman told police she was alone in the garage with Hernandez when he began kissing her, “which she originally consented to,” the affidavit said.

But Hernandez then became more forceful and sexually assaulted the victim even after she told him to stop, the affidavit alleged.

“Shortly afterward, their friends entered the garage and told them to stop,” the report said, according to KSL.

Police noted in the arrest report obtained by KSL.com that Hernandez had served as a missionary and “has no family, support system or ties within Utah.” If released, he will likely return to his home state of California.”