Palmetto man facing charge of sexual battery on minor

jdeleon@bradenton.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Herandez-Jiminez

MANATEE -- A Palmetto man is accusing 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 on a sexual battery charge after he fled the home where the offense allegedly occurred, according to an arrest report.

Investigators say Herandez-Jiminez was in the home where the victim lives when he allegedly threatened the victim to comply with his demands. Someone else in the home walked into the kitchen and witnessed the sexual act and began yelling: "What are you doing?" and hitting him.

Herandez fled and was later found by deputies and reportedly identified by the victim. He reportedly refused to speak to investigators and invoked his right to an attorney.

Herandez-Jiminez appeared before Manatee County Judge Doug Henderson Tuesday afternoon. He was also charged with two violations of probation on a battery charge in which he is delinquent in payments and incomplete required community service hours.

Henderson ordered the hearing be continued for 72 hours and 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.

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 Friday afternoon before Henderson.

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

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