Illegal immigrant convicted of sexually assaulting Chester neighbor
By: Mark Bowes
Published: November 23, 2011

An illegal immigrant was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting a female neighbor after crawling through a window of her Chester home several hours after inviting himself to a party there.

Melecio C. Hernandez, 32, was sentenced in Chesterfield County General District Court to serve four months in jail after a judge convicted him of misdemeanor sexual battery and unlawful entry, reduced from aggravated sexual battery and breaking and entering, both felonies.

In addition, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have placed a detainer on Hernandez pending a deportation hearing. "So we anticipate that he will no longer be residing in this country," said Chesterfield prosecutor Suzanne Bielaski.

According to evidence, Hernandez, who lived across the street from the victim, invited himself to a party hosted by the woman and her two roommates Sept. 24. They recognized him as a neighbor and didn't object to him attending, police said.

Hernandez became intoxicated and at some point left the party on Mason Avenue. The victim went to sleep on a couch after the party ended and, at 2:45 a.m., she awoke to a man trying to lie on top of her. He had climbed through an unlocked window.

The intruder, whom the woman identified as Hernandez, began to fondle her sexually and she resisted physically and verbally, prompting him to leave, Bielaski said. He was arrested about 90 minutes later. ... r-1488085/