Sheriff: Man arrested who impregnated 11-year-old girl

POLK COUNTY, FL (WFLA) — A man who allegedly sexually battered and impregnated an 11-year-old Polk County girl has been arrested and extradited back to the county, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

Polk County detectives worked with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice to return 25-year-old Rony Mendez to Polk County for prosecution. Mendez was extradited from Guatemala, and arrived in Tampa on Monday.

Mendez, who was 23 at the time of the alleged crime, is accused of sexually molesting and impregnating a then-11-year-old girl with whom he had access.

The victim is now 13 years old, and in May 2015, gave birth to a baby fathered by the suspect.

He’s been charged with three counts Sexual Battery on a Minor Under 12 Years Old and one count Lewd Molestation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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