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.

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