Sheriff: Man who impregnated 11-year-old Florida girl caught in Guatemala

A Florida man who went on the run in 2014 after he was accused of molesting and impregnating an 11-year-old girl was back in the state Tuesday, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
Rony Mendez, 25, spent nearly two years hiding out in Guatemala, investigators said.
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He faces three counts of sexual battery on a minor younger than 12 and a count of lewd molestation.

PCSO Special Victims Unit detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Mendez on Nov. 27, 2014, when the man was 23.

He arrived in Tampa on Monday.

The victim, now 13, gave birth to Mendez’s baby in May 2015, investigators said.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is scheduled to discuss the arrest and extradition during a 2 p.m. news conference.