It’s A Challenge pastor Fernando Hernandez was arrested Tuesday on another charge of indecency with a child in a case that was first reported to authorities in 2010.
Hernandez, 50, remained Wednesday in the Brown County Jail with bond set at $150,000, jail records state.
Hernandez was free on $50,000 bonds following an arrest last week when he was arrested once again Tuesday. Hernandez was arrested last week on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a young child and indecency with a child.
According to a complaint filed by Texas Ranger Jason Shea related to Tuesday’s arrest:
On July 27, Shea reviewed reports from the Plainview and Brownwood police departments.
On Sept. 8, 2010, a Brownwood police detective — who is now retired — received a call from a woman who said her young teenage daughter made an outcry of a sexual assault. The assault happened during a church retreat and the girl identified Hernandez as the suspect.
The girl said she and other youth members from a church went to Columbus, Texas for a youth function on Aug. 2, 2010. Hernandez was the church’s youth pastor. On Aug. 6, when returning back from Columbus, the group stopped in Brownwood to spend the night at the home of a Hernandez family member.
The girl said at approximately 4 a.m. to 5 a.m., she felt a hand going down her shorts and touching her. The girl alleged that the person touching her was Hernandez.
The girl said she was startled and Hernandez got to his feet and went into the rest room.
The girl was interviewed by a forensic interviewer at the CPS office in Plainview — the last event documented in the Plainview and Brownwood police reports, Shea’s complaint states.
Shea contacted the alleged victim — who is now a young adult — and the young woman said she would assist in the investigation. The woman said “nothing has changed and she is still very upset about the incident,” Shea’s complaint states.
In the cases on which Hernandez was arrested last week, Shea was contacted by District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office and asked to assist with a sexual assault investigation that is unrelated to the 2010 case, complaints filed by Shea stated.
Authorities have said said they believe there may be additional alleged victims and asked that they contact Shea’s office at 325-641-0746.