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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Statement From State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle
Regarding the Charging of Jesus “Jesse” Menocal, Jr.

Miami (December 13, 2019) When United States Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan and FBI Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro called this morning, informing me of today’s charging decision, I thanked them for their work and for the continued law enforcement partnership that makes our South Florida law enforcement community so effective.

I am glad that the information and investigative materials we provided to DOJ’s Civil Rights Division in 2016 helped lead to today’s Federal criminal civil rights charges filed against Jesus “Jesse” Menocal, Jr. This was a very challenging fact scenario when we first reviewed it. At the time, we did not have sufficient evidence to ethically file state sexual assault charges. However, we did not give up on this matter. Recognizing that Federal Civil Rights charges might be viable, we referred this matter to the DOJ for further investigation in 2016.

I commend the FBI for successfully gathering enough evidence to make these Civil Rights charges possible.

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