Las Cruces man suspected of molesting young girl

Las Cruces man suspected of molesting young girl
Courtesy Dona Ana County Detention Facility

POSTED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:04pm

UPDATED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:14pm

Las Cruces Police arrested a 33-year-old man who is suspected of molesting a young girl for approximately 5 years.

LCPD Officers arrested Fernando Morales Munoz, 33, after the teenage victim disclosed to her mother earlier in the evening Morales had been molesting her for the past five years.

Officers interviewed the girl, who told detectives that Munoz, who is related to the girl's mother, allegedly began molesting her five years ago, before she became a teenager. Throughout the years, Munoz allegedly threatened or persuaded the girl to not tell anyone about the sexual activities.

Wednesday evening, just after 6:00 p.m. Munoz asked the girl to go with him to the store to buy water. After purchasing water, Munoz allegedly drove to a nearby park and asked the girl for sex, but she refused his advances.

After returning home, the girl asked to speak with her mother. As they were driving, the teenager told her mother that Munoz had allegedly been molesting her for around five years. The girl's mother then flagged down a Las Cruces Police officer to tell them of the relationship.

Munoz was arrested early Thursday morning and is being held at the Dona Ana County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash-only bond.

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