The Kings County Sheriff’s Office says 31-year-old Hector Montez is behind bars. He’s accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a 15-year-old girl.
Deputies say the incident happened in March of 2018; the teenager had the baby in December.
Officials say Montez is from Honduras and is in the United States illegally.
The Kings County Sheriff’s Office says Montez was arrested twice for illegal entry, once in Texas in 2012 and the other in 2015 in Arizona.
It’s unclear how long Montez lived here in the Valley, but right now he is booked at the Kings County Jail and his bail is set at nearly $6 million.
On Dec.17, the Kings Country Sheriff’s Office says they were contacted by an area hospital regarding a 15-year-old girl about to give birth.
“The reason the hospital contacted us is because of the age of the victim,” says Commander Mark Bevens with the Kings County Sheriff’s Office.
Which, Bevens says, is a standard procedure any time a person under the age of 18 delivers a baby.
He says when deputies arrived, the girl told them she was sexually assaulted last March when she was 14, allegedly by 31-year-old Hector Montez.
“The minor victim in this case, stayed late from school, she had missed the bus she didn’t know who else to call so she communicated with Montez and he picked her up from school to give her a ride home,” Bevens says.
He says that day was the first time Montez and the teen girl had ever met.
Bevens says Montez reached out to the teen on social media and they began communicating through social media platforms and by texting
He says when Montez picked the girl up from school instead of taking her home, he allegedly took her to a rural area near Jackson and 18th Street, just south of Lemoore.
Bevens says the teen told them that she hid her pregnancy from her parents as long as she could and did not say anything until weeks before she was due, while on a family trip to Honduras.
“She disclosed to her grandmother, that’s when she disclosed to her mother as well and that’s when her mother took her to a clinic in Honduras and discovered she was in fact pregnant,” Bevens says.
The Kings County Sheriff’s Office says the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sent them a request to detain Montez.
Deputies say Montez was in court on Tuesday and denies knowing the teen. But they say DNA tests are now being conducted to establish paternity.