Police: Corcoran man pretends to be 15, has sex with 12-year-old

The Fresno BeeJune 30, 2014 

Arturo Martin Hernandez

A grown man faked his age as 15 and talked a 12-year-old girl into having sex with him, Corcoran police said Monday.

Arturo Martin Hernandez, 20, of Corcoran, is in the Kings County jail on $300,000 bail. Hernandez has been charged with three felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, and one related felony charge, the Kings County District Attorney's Office said.

Hernandez, who is married and has a child, dated the 12-year-old this month, police said.

When the girl's family learned his true age, she confessed he engaged in sexual intercourse with her, police said.

The case broke late Thursday when police were told about a child molestation incident from a week earlier. The next day, police arrested Hernandez at his home.

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