A Bayville man was arrested Monday night on rape charges and stands accused of maintaining an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage girl he met online, Nassau County police said in announcing the arrest.
Tereso De Jesus Ruiz-Hernandez, 25, of 59 Bayville Ave., was arraigned Aug. 20 on charges of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act. He was ordered held on $20,000 cash or bond during the court appearance at First District Court in Hempstead.
Police said Ruiz-Hernandez met the victim – a 13-year-old girl – on Facebook in July. After chatting online, the two arranged to meet in Glen Cove on numerous occasions, detectives said.
“He picked her up in a public area and they eventually went to places in the early hours of the morning that were dark and secluded,” Det. Sgt. Robert Matedero said.
During those encounters, Ruiz-Hernandez allegedly had sex with the teenager in his 2011 Nissan Maxima. Cops said the inappropriate relations occurred on at least three occasions after Ruiz-Hernandez gave the teen alcohol.
“After the alcohol was consumed, the defendant would commit the offense we have charged,” Matedero said.
Police in Glen Cove became suspicious of a possible inappropriate relationship after Ruiz-Hernandez was pulled over in August. “The officer thought he saw something suspicious,” Matedero said of the initial traffic stop.
A full joint investigation was launched with Special Victims detectives in Nassau County. The investigation culminated in Ruiz-Hernandez’s arrest on Monday.
Detectives are asking anyone who may know of additional victims to call Nassau Special Victims squad detectives at 516-573-4022 or contact your local police department.
Ruiz-Hernandez declined to comment as he was led from Nassau County police headquarters to arraignment Tuesday morning. He is due back in court on Thursday.
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