Rogelio Mendez Morales, aka Rogelio Mendez, 45, of Appomattox, pleaded guilty to charges of felony aggravated sexual battery of a minor under age 13 and felony indecent liberties with a child under age 15.
Morales was sentenced to serve four years, two years on each conviction, with another 11 years suspended.
Morales appeared in court with the help of an interpreter who was accessed via a live video feed. During the court proceeding, he admitted that he has been residing in the United States illegally.
According to evidence presented in court, Morales was arrested on April 15, 2019, after being accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old boy. On that day, Morales took the boy into his bedroom. Shortly afterward, the child ran out and hid behind a couch, appearing to be upset.
The child told his mother he had been touched inappropriately. She noticed stains, of which appeared to be semen, on the child’s clothing.
Morales at first denied the allegations when questioned by an Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office investigator but then admitted to lying before giving an alternate explanation of events.
Appomattox County Circuit Court Judge Andy Nelson told Morales that there is a possibility he may be deported out of the country, a decision that belongs to federal authorities. If deported, he is forbidden from reentering the country illegally.
Morales is required to register as a violent sex offender and undergo a sex offender treatment program.
Conditions of Morales’s suspended sentence include 20 years of good behavior, five years of supervised probation if not deported, and have no contact with the victim.
As part of the plea deal, two charges against Morales were dropped — felony attempted sodomy of a victim under age 13, and misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
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