Wilson Stevens Hernandez of Pembroke Pines, Florida was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of sexually molesting two sisters, ages 8 and 10, news sources report. Hernandez, 49, was booked into the Paul Rein Detention Facility on nine counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12, seven counts of performing a lewd or lascivious act on a child under 12, three counts of lewd conduct, and three counts of lewd or lascivious exhibition on a child under 12. Hernandez is being held without bail bond on the nine counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under 12. It is unclear whether he has obtained a criminal defense lawyer.
Reports described Hernandez as a family member to the two victims. He reportedly lived with the girls and their mother, though it is not clear whether he is the girls’ father. Hernandez and the rest of the family lived in Hialeah before moving to Miramar and, eventually, to Pembroke Pines. While investigators reportedly say the abuse is suspected to have occurred between March and June of this year in Pembroke Pines, the victims’ mother purportedly claimed it started about one year before that.
According to reports, Hernandez would occasionally walk around in the nude while the mother and the two victims were home. Reports say Hernandez told the mother that he was opposed to “nudity censorship.” Hernandez would also kiss, smell, and fondle the victims after they bathed, sources say. On some occasions, reports say Hernandez would use hair clippers to “groom” the victims’ pubic areas.
The victims later reportedly told police that Hernandez touched them inappropriately numerous times in the past; he allegedly used force when met with resistance, reports say. Sometimes the alleged abuse would occur in the presence of the victims’ mother. If the mother attempted to stop Hernandez, he would allegedly use force to subdue her before continuing the acts, reports say.
During an interview with police, the mother reportedly said that on two occasions, she, the two victims, and Hernandez shared the same bed. During that time, Hernandez allegedly touched the victims underneath their clothes. Hernandez would also show the girls his erection and tell them that they had caused it, a police report supposedly says.
According to reports, police later confronted Hernandez with the allegations. Hernandez reportedly confessed to touching, smelling, and grooming the victims’ genital, saying he did so to ensure their hygiene. Hernandez also allegedly said that the naked victims would occasionally get on his face and that he kissed them out of affection. Hernandez also claimed the victims were accustomed to his nudist ways and had grabbed his exposed genitals several times.
It is not clear whether the Department of Children and Families has gotten involved in the case. It does not appear as though the mother was charged with any wrongdoing in connection with Hernandez’s actions, and the children are likely still in her care. It remains to be seen whether she will choose to file a restraining order for herself and her daughters.