was an LDS church member in Tempe, Arizona; accused of sexually abusing a victim inside a Mormon church; convicted of four fourth degree felony counts of abuse of a child or vulnerable adult

Case Summary

Brandon Hernandez was a Mormon church member in Tempe, Arizona.

In 2019, Hernandez was convicted of four fourth degree felony counts of abuse of a child or vulnerable adult.

During a police interview, Hernandez reportedly said his LDS church position was to work with teenagers during Sunday service and outside of normal church hours.

FLOODLIT is seeking information about Hernandez’s sentencing.

Sources
  1. Man accused of sexual conduct with 14-year-old girl in church chapel
    view source details | 31 May 2019 | 12News
  2. Criminal Court Case Information - Case History
    view source details | 27 Mar 2024 | Maricopa County, Arizona
Sources excerpts
  • Man accused of sexual conduct with 14-year-old girl in church chapel
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: 12News
    Date published/accessed: 31 May 2019
    archive 1 | archive 2

    TEMPE, Ariz. — A 20-year-old who works with teenagers at a Tempe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been arrested and faces multiple charges, including sexual conduct with a 14-year-old, according to police reports.

    Police reports say Brandon Osorio Hernandez and the victim have known each other for seven years. She told police they met at a church near McClintock and Del Rio Drive in Tempe.

    On May 21, the victim’s mom contacted police regarding Hernandez having sexual conduct with her daughter, according to a police report.

    The report says the victim had been previously dating Hernandez’s 15-year-old brother.

    The victim told police that Hernandez contacted her via Snapchat and that their conversation started normal, then Hernandez asked her for pictures of her bare breast. She said she didn’t want to lose him as a friend, so she sent him the pictures as well as pictures of her buttocks. In exchange, Hernandez sent her pictures of his penis, the report reads.

    The victim told police he asked her to meet him alone at church on May 1 around 7 p.m., according to the report.

    The 14-year-old told police they went to the chapel, then to a closet area where they kissed and he grabbed her breast and buttocks under her clothes. Then Hernandez asked the victim to perform oral sex on him, the report reads.

    The second encounter was similar, according to the report. The victim told police on May 15, they met again at the same church around the same time. She told police they kissed, he touched her private parts and asked her to perform oral sex again.

    Police monitored a call on May 23 between the victim’s sister and Hernandez, where Hernandez reportedly said he didn’t have a relationship with the 14-year-old because he knew it would be wrong, the report reads.

    The next day, Hernandez was taken into custody.

    During an interview conducted by the Tempe Police Department, Hernandez admitted having exchanged pictures with the victim, the report reads.

    He stated he met the victim at church and that he believed more than talking would occur due to the sexual content of their messages and the pictures they had exchanged, according to the report.

    The report says Hernandez told police the victim grabbed his hand and put it on her bare breast and under her skirt. He also said she unzipped his pants and performed oral sex, the report says.

    Hernandez told police he left when he realized it was wrong and didn’t want to continue, according to the report.

    Hernandez also told police he met with her a second time to tell her that their relationship was over, but what happened was similar to the first time, ending with him leaving while she was performing oral sex, the report reads.

    During the police interview, Hernandez said his position at the church is to work with teenagers during Sunday service and work with them outside of normal church hours.

    Tempe police said they do not believe there are any more victims.

    Police said Hernandez was booked on charges of two counts of sex abuse for touching the victim’s breast, two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and one count of aggravated luring of a minor for exchanging nude pictures.

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    Criminal Court Case Information - Case History
    Source type: Court record
    Publisher: Maricopa County, Arizona
    Date published/accessed: 27 Mar 2024
    archive 1 | archive 2

    Disposition Information
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/15/2019
    Date
    6/3/2019
    Description
    SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINOR
    ARSCode
    13-1405A (F2)
    Disposition Code
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Disposition
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/15/2019
    Date
    6/3/2019
    Description
    SEXUAL ABUSE
    ARSCode
    13-1404A (F3)
    Disposition Code
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Disposition
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    1/1/2019
    Date
    6/3/2019
    Description
    AGG LURING MINOR SEXUAL EXPLTN
    ARSCode
    13-3560A (F2)
    Disposition Code
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Disposition
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/1/2019
    Date
    6/3/2019
    Description
    SEXUAL ABUSE
    ARSCode
    13-1404A (F3)
    Disposition Code
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Disposition
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/1/2019
    Date
    6/3/2019
    Description
    SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH MINOR
    ARSCode
    13-1405A (F2)
    Disposition Code
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Disposition
    Dismissed Due To Grand Jury Indictment
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/1/2019
    Date
    9/28/2020
    Description
    CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE
    ARSCode
    13-3623 (F4)
    Disposition Code
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Disposition
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/15/2019
    Date
    9/28/2020
    Description
    CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE
    ARSCode
    13-3623 (F4)
    Disposition Code
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Disposition
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/1/2019
    Date
    9/28/2020
    Description
    CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE
    ARSCode
    13-3623 (F4)
    Disposition Code
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Disposition
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    5/15/2019
    Date
    9/28/2020
    Description
    CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT ABUSE
    ARSCode
    13-3623 (F4)
    Disposition Code
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Disposition
    Pled Guilty As Charged
    Party Name
    Brandon Osorio Hernandez
    Crime Date
    1/1/2019
    Date
    9/28/2020
    Description
    AGG LURING MINOR SEXUAL EXPLTN
    ARSCode
    13-3560A (F2)
    Disposition Code
    Dismd Pros Mot
    Disposition
    Dismissed By Prosecution Motion
    Case Documents
    Filing Date
    Description
    Docket Date
    Filing Party
    8/17/2022
    MEC = Memo to the Court - Party (001)
    8/17/2022
    NOTE:
    APD Forms
    3/7/2022
    005 - ME: Hearing - Party (001)
    3/7/2022
    3/4/2022
    MFW - Motion For Withdraw of counsel - Party (001)
    3/9/2022
    NOTE:
    Motion For Withdrawal Of Counsel
    11/9/2021
    003 - ME: Hearing Reset - Party (001)
    11/9/2021
    3/1/2021
    RSD - Request to Establish Start Date of Restitution, Probation Service Fees, Fines - Party (001)
    3/2/2021
    NOTE:
    Request to Establish Start Date
    2/12/2021
    099 - ME: Withdrawal Of Counsel - Party (001)
    2/12/2021
    2/10/2021
    MFW - Motion For Withdraw of counsel - Party (001)
    2/12/2021
    2/4/2021
    MFW - Motion For Withdraw of counsel - Party (001)
    2/4/2021
    NOTE:
    MOTION TO WITHDRAW
    11/13/2020
    DRE - Disposition Report - Party (001)
    11/16/2020
    11/6/2020
    SOP - Sentencing Order - Probation - Party (001)
    11/6/2020
    NOTE:
    SOP - Sentencing Order - Probation
    11/4/2020
    SME – Sentencing Memo - Party (001)
    11/9/2020
    NOTE:
    DEFENDANT'S
    11/4/2020
    NRR - Notice Of Rights - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    11/4/2020
    PSR - Presentence Report - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    Presentence Report
    11/4/2020
    TOP - Terms and Conditions Of Probation - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    Terms and Conditions of Probation
    11/4/2020
    TOP - Terms and Conditions Of Probation - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    Terms and Conditions of Probation
    11/4/2020
    ORE - Order To Release/Exonerate Bond - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    Bond Exoneration
    11/4/2020
    TOP - Terms and Conditions Of Probation - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    Terms and Conditions of Probation
    11/4/2020
    PSD - PSR Supporting Documents - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    PSR Supporting Documents
    11/4/2020
    TCP - Terms & Conditions Of Probation/Money Ordered - Party (001)
    11/4/2020
    NOTE:
    Terms & Conditions of Probation/Money Ordered
    9/30/2020
    105 - ME: Plea Agreement/Change Of Plea - Party (001)
    9/30/2020
    9/28/2020
    PAG - Plea Agreement - Party (001)
    9/29/2020
    8/13/2020
    598 - ME: Continuance Past last Day - Party (001)
    8/13/2020
    8/11/2020
    MCO - Motion To Continue - Party (001)
    8/17/2020
    NOTE:
    TRIAL
    6/15/2020
    598 - ME: Continuance Past last Day - Party (001)
    6/15/2020
    6/5/2020
    MCO - Motion To Continue - Party (001)
    6/8/2020
    NOTE:
    MOTION TO CONTINUE TRIAL AND SET CHANGE FO PLEA HEARING
    5/1/2020
    598 - ME: Continuance Past last Day - Party (001)
    5/1/2020
    1/30/2020
    598 - ME: Continuance Past last Day - Party (001)
    1/30/2020
    1/23/2020
    NOT - Notice - Party (001)
    1/24/2020
    NOTE:
    COMPLEX CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN
    1/23/2020
    MCO - Motion To Continue - Party (001)
    1/27/2020
    NOTE:
    STATE'S MOTION TO CONTINUE
    12/12/2019
    SND - Supplemental Notice Of Disclosure - Party (001)
    12/12/2019
    NOTE:
    STATE’S SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE
    12/9/2019
    027 - ME: Pretrial Conference - Party (001)
    12/9/2019
    12/2/2019
    REP - Report - Party (001)
    12/3/2019
    NOTE:
    COMPLEX CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN
    9/27/2019
    027 - ME: Pretrial Conference - Party (001)
    9/27/2019
    9/24/2019
    NOT - Notice - Party (001)
    9/30/2019
    NOTE:
    COMPLEX CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN
    9/23/2019
    REP - Report - Party (001)
    9/26/2019
    NOTE:
    COMPLEX CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN
    8/27/2019
    016 - ME: Ext/Time/Filing Granted - Party (001)
    8/27/2019
    8/23/2019
    ORD - Order - Party (001)
    8/28/2019
    NOTE:
    GRANTING THE MOTION TO EXTEND TIME
    8/12/2019
    RTR - Return Receipt For Official Court Files/Transcripts/Exhibits - Party (001)
    8/15/2019
    8/1/2019
    023 - ME: Order Entered By Court - Party (001)
    8/1/2019
    7/31/2019
    RRF - Release Receipt For Official Court Files/Transcripts/Exhibits - Party (001)
    8/2/2019
    NOTE:
    TEMPORARY
    7/31/2019
    OFT - Order for Temporary Removal of Court File/Transcripts/Exhibits - Party (001)
    8/2/2019
    7/31/2019
    MTR - Motion for Temporary Removal Of Court File/Transcripts/Exhibit - Party (001)
    8/2/2019
    7/31/2019
    019 - ME: Ruling - Party (001)
    7/31/2019
    7/26/2019
    RTR - Return Receipt For Official Court Files/Transcripts/Exhibits - Party (001)
    7/31/2019
    7/26/2019
    599 - ME: Complex Case Order/Initial Pretrial Conference - Party (001)
    7/26/2019
    7/26/2019
    MET - Motion for Extension Of Time - Party (001)
    7/29/2019
    NOTE:
    MOTION TO EXTEND RULE 12.9 TIME FOR FILING MOTION
    7/24/2019
    ROR - Release Order - Party (001)
    7/26/2019
    7/23/2019
    MOT - Motion - Party (001)
    7/24/2019
    NOTE:
    Motion to Affirm Indigent Status and Appoint Expert
    7/22/2019
    OFT - Order for Temporary Removal of Court File/Transcripts/Exhibits - Party (001)
    7/25/2019
    7/22/2019
    MTR - Motion for Temporary Removal Of Court File/Transcripts/Exhibit - Party (001)
    7/25/2019
    7/22/2019
    RRF - Release Receipt For Official Court Files/Transcripts/Exhibits - Party (001)
    7/25/2019
    7/17/2019
    AOM - Allegation of Multiple Offenses Not Committed on the Same Occasion - Party (001)
    7/17/2019
    NOTE:
    STATE’S ALLEGATION OF MULTIPLE OFFENSES NOT COMMITTED ON THE SAME OCCASION PURSUANT TO A.R.S. § 13-703 OR A.R.S. § 13-704
    7/17/2019
    DAR - Notice of Disclosure and Request for Disclosure - Party (001)
    7/17/2019
    NOTE:
    STATE’S NOTICE OF DISCLOSURE AND REQUEST FOR DISCLOSURE
    7/17/2019
    REQ - Request - Party (001)
    7/17/2019
    NOTE:
    REQUEST FOR COURT INTERPRETER
    7/17/2019
    ALG - Allegation - Party (001)
    7/17/2019
    NOTE:
    STATE'S ALLEGATION OF AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES
    6/25/2019
    BON - Bond - Party (001)
    7/1/2019
    NOTE:
    PAPER/SURETY BOND $150,000 UNIVERSAL FIRE AND CASUALTY
    6/14/2019
    GJT – Grand Jury Transcript - Party (001)
    6/18/2019
    6/12/2019
    152 - ME: Not Guilty Plea Arraign - Party (001)
    6/12/2019
    6/4/2019
    NAR - Notice Of Appearance - Party (001)
    6/5/2019
    NOTE:
    NOTICE OF APPEARANCE
    6/4/2019
    REQ - Request - Party (001)
    6/5/2019
    NOTE:
    REQUEST FOR DISCLOSURE PURSUANT TO RULE 15.1
    6/4/2019
    NDR - Notice of Defenses and Request for Notice of Rebuttal Witnesses - Party (001)
    6/5/2019
    NOTE:
    NOTICE OF DEFENSES, WITNESSES AND EXHIBITS AND REQUEST FOR NOTICE OF REBUTTAL WITNESSES
    5/31/2019
    NSI - Notice of Supervening Indictment - Party (001)
    6/3/2019
    Plaintiff(1)
    5/31/2019
    606 - ME: GJ Not/Supervening Indictment - Party (001)
    6/3/2019
    5/31/2019
    IND - Indictment - Party (001)
    6/3/2019
    Plaintiff(1)
    5/31/2019
    CID - Court Information Sheet - Party (001)
    6/3/2019
    Plaintiff(1)
    5/31/2019
    NOT - Notice - Party (001)
    6/3/2019
    Plaintiff(1)
    NOTE:
    RULE 2.3 VICITIM IDENTIFIER INFORMATION FORM
    5/29/2019
    DCO - Direct Complaint - Party (001)
    5/29/2019
    5/29/2019
    CID - Court Information Sheet - Party (001)
    5/29/2019
    5/29/2019
    NOT - Notice - Party (001)
    5/29/2019
    NOTE:
    RULE 2.3 VICTIM IDENTIFIER INFORMATION FORM
    5/29/2019
    ROC– Release Order/Order Regarding Counsel - Party (001)
    5/30/2019
    NOTE:
    IA Release Order
    5/29/2019
    IAD - Initial Appearance Document - Party (001)
    5/30/2019
    NOTE:
    IA Packet
    Case Calendar
    Date
    Time
    Event
    5/25/2019
    11:00
    Initial Appearance
    5/31/2019
    8:30
    Status Conference
    6/4/2019
    8:45
    Preliminary Hearing
    6/7/2019
    20:30
    Original Arraignment Hearing
    7/24/2019
    8:15
    Initial Pretrial Conference
    8/22/2019
    8:31
    Comprehensive PreTrial Conference
    9/24/2019
    8:30
    Complex / Capital Case
    12/4/2019
    8:30
    Complex / Capital Case
    1/27/2020
    8:30
    Pre-Trial Conference
    2/3/2020
    8:00
    Trial
    4/29/2020
    8:30
    Pre-Trial Conference
    5/6/2020
    8:00
    Trial
    6/9/2020
    8:30
    Pre-Trial Conference
    6/16/2020
    8:00
    Trial
    8/11/2020
    8:50
    Pre-Trial Conference
    8/18/2020
    8:00
    Trial
    9/28/2020
    9:35
    Status Conference
    10/12/2020
    8:30
    Pre-Trial Conference
    10/27/2020
    11:00
    Trial
    11/4/2020
    9:00
    Sentencing
    11/5/2021
    8:45
    Review Hearing
    3/3/2022
    8:45
    Review Hearing

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