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Sexual abuse suspect to face trial in Dadeville

Published 11:29am Thursday, April 25, 2013

Marcello Hernandez, the man who almost left the country while fleeing from sexual abuse charges in Dadeville, is back in Tallapoosa County.

“He went through the booking process (Wednesday) as is being held in Tallapoosa County jail,” said Investigative Sgt. Jonathon Floyd. “He can now face charges here in Dadeville.”

As previously reported in The Record, police began searching for Hernandez after reports of possible child abuse escalated into a full-blown criminal sexual abuse investigation.

Police were able to pick up on Hernandez after learning that he had fled Shelby County in a bus.

“We were able to track the bus using GPS, and at a layover in San Marcos, Texas, he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals,” Floyd said in an earlier interview. “He was very close to Mexico. After that stop it was San Antonio, Laredo then he was across the border. If he had made it into Mexico, there was probably zero chance of getting him extradited back.”

Bond has been set in Tallapoosa County at $100,000 and he was charged with one count of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old. Police are still trying to determine Hernandez’s citizenship status.

During the investigation, DPD seized a 9MM handgun.

DPD Asst. Chief Chris Martin said closing this case took the efforts of multiple agencies and individuals. Martin thanked the Tallapoosa County Narcotics Task Force, Shelby County Drug Task Force, Pelham Police Department, U.S. Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, Tallapoosa County Department of Human Resources and Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center.