Palmetto man facing sexual battery charge

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Herandez-Jiminez

Palmetto man facing sexual battery charge

MANATEE -- A Palmetto man is facing a sexual battery charge accusing him of forcing himself on a minor, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Domingo Herandez-Jiminez, 26, was arrested at 10 a.m. Monday by deputies after he fled the home where the offense is alleged to have occurred, according to an arrest report.

Investigators say Herandex-Jiminez was in the home where the victim lives and approached the victim, threatening the victim to comply with his demands. Someone else in the home walked into the kitchen and witnessed the sexual act and began yelling at him, saying, "What are you doing?" and hitting him.

Herandez fled the home and was later located by deputies and positively identified by the victim, the report said. He refused to speak to investigators and involked his right to an attorney.

Herandez-Jiminez appeared before Manatee County Judge Doug Henderson in a first appearance hearing on Tuesday afternoon. He was also charged with two violations of probation on a battery charge in which he is delinquent in payments and has not completed required community service hours.

Henderson ordered that the hearing be continued for 72 hours and that he be held without bond on all the charges, after hearing from Assistant State Attorney Cynthia Evers.

"There are additional charges coming for a 6-year-old child," Evers said.

Henderson also wanted to allow community probation time to add to the violation on probation because of the pending charges.

The public defender's office was appointed to represent Herandez-Jiminez, who did not speak during the hearing.

Herandez-Jiminez remains in custody at the Manatee County jail. He will reappear before Henderson on Friday afternoon.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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