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Hebron man arrested in Iowa on child sex assault charges to appear in McHenry County court

Esau Ancheyta Hernandez held on $2.25 million bond

Esau Ancheyta Hernandez, 26, was booked at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, jail records show.
Esau Ancheyta Hernandez, 26, was booked at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, jail records show.

WOODSTOCK – A Hebron man who was arrested in Iowa after a 10-day manhunt will appear Friday in McHenry County court on child sex assault charges. 

Esau Ancheyta Hernandez, 26, is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child younger than 13.

He was booked at the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, jail records show, and is being held on a $2.25 million bond.

The sheriff’s office was called Oct. 13 to a home in the 12000 block of Hebron Road in an area near Hebron for a report of sexual assault, according to a news release. 

Hernandez is accused of assaulting a child at the home and taking off on foot when he was confronted by family members. 

After a 10-day search involving surrounding police departments, K-9s, drones and a helicopter, police found Hernandez Oct. 23 hiding under a bed in an Ames, Iowa, apartment.

Officers used tips and public information to help find Hernandez, McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandra Rogers has said. 

Police were not sure how Hernandez wound up in Iowa, and they did not release information on his connection to the state. 

Hernandez previously was deported to Mexico from the U.S. in 2012 after he was arrested in California, according to a news release.

If he is convicted of the predatory criminal sexual abuse charges, Hernandez could face up to 30 years in prison. 

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