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. Follow us on Twitter | Like us on Facebook | Sign up for our free daily newsletter | Check out Patch’s Pinterest boards
Police say Edgar Jesus Gonzalez-Mendoza had repeated sexual contact with the girl.
A Hopkins man has been charged with having repeated inappropriate sexual contact with his 6-year-old niece. Edgar Jesus Gonzalez-Mendoza, 32, faces two felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, each of which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine. Officers were called to a Minneapolis home July 3 after the victim’s parents reported that she had been sexually abused by Gonzalez-Mendoza, according to the criminal complaint, signed by Minneapolis Police Sgt. Patrick Myslajek. The child’s father told police that earlier that day, he and the victim, along with Gonzalez-Mendoza, drove to a downtown Minneapolis pawnshop. The girl’s father said he parked and left Gonzalez-Mendoza sitting in the front seat, …