DNA Clears Hopkins Man of Sexual Misconduct Charges
Criminal sexual conduct charges against Edgar Jesus Gonzalez-Mendoza were dismissed Wednesday.
DNA evidence has helped exonerate a Hopkins man accused of inappropriate sexual contact with his 6-year-old niece.
Edgar Jesus Gonzalez-Mendoza, 32, was charged in July with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony. Those charges were dismissed Wednesday at the request of prosecutors.
Although prosecutors initially had probable cause to charge Gonzalez-Mendoza, continuing investigation by police produced evidence, including DNA that didn’t match his DNA profile, that required the charges to be dismissed in the interest of justice, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.