was a Mormon missionary in Saratoga Springs, Utah; his home state was California, and he had a Mexico ID; arrested May 9, 2024 in Saratoga Springs on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young woman while on his mission; charged on May 15, 2024 with three first-degree felony counts (two of forcible sodomy, one of rape); currently held without bail as of May 15

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Abraham Cruz (Elder Cruz) was an LDS missionary in Saratoga Springs, Utah.

On May 11, 2024, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault of a young woman.

On May 15, Cruz was charged with three first-degree felony counts (two of forcible sodomy, one of rape).

As of May 15, Cruz was being held without bail.

He was being represented by defense attorney Craig Johnson.

We’ve obtained a probable cause statement in this case, thanks to your support. Portions are included below in the sources section.

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The LDS church issued the following statement in response to KUTV’s request for information:

“This individual was immediately removed from his volunteer missionary service as soon as the Church learned of these very serious and troubling allegations. The Church is cooperating fully with law enforcement in this investigation. Missionaries are expected to abide by the highest standards, and those who do not will be released and sent home, and in situations involving criminal allegations, also face loss of Church membership.”

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Sources
  1. Inmate Search
    view source details | 13 May 2024 | Utah County Sheriff's Office
  2. Missionary serving in Utah County arrested on charge of rape
    view source details | 14 May 2024 | KUTV
  3. Latter-day Saint missionary serving in Utah arrested on suspicion of rape
    view source details | 14 May 2024 | Salt Lake Tribune
Other sources
  1. view source details | probable cause statement/affidavit - Utah County Sheriff's Office - 11 May 2024
Sources excerpts
  • Inmate Search
    Source type: Police record
    Publisher: Utah County Sheriff's Office
    Date published/accessed: 13 May 2024
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    CRUZ HERNANDEZ, ABRAHAM ISAAC

    Arrested: 05/11/2024 | 08:04:00 AM
    Arresting Agency: Saratoga Springs PD
    Booked: 05/11/2024 | 09:17:27 AM
    Booking No: 442939
    Released:
    Status: Active
    Height: 511
    Weight: 192
    Eyes: BRO
    Hair: BLK
    Sex: M
    YOB: 2004
    Birth Country: USA

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    Immigration Customs Enforcement
    Case #
    ICE
    Charge Descr
    Arrested/Held For: Court Commitment
    Bail
    $0.00
    Not Bailable
    Description
    N/A ICE HOLD ICE HOLD

    Court
    4th District Court
    Case #
    NEWPC180378
    Charge Descr
    Arrested/Held For: New Charge
    Bail
    $0.00
    Not Bailable
    Description
    76-9-702.1 SEXUAL BATTERY

    Court
    4th District Court
    Case #
    NEWPC180378
    Charge Descr
    Arrested/Held For: New Charge
    Bail
    $0.00
    Not Bailable
    Description
    76-5-403 FORCIBLE SODOMY

    Court
    4th District Court
    Case #
    NEWPC180378
    Charge Descr
    Arrested/Held For: New Charge
    Bail
    $0.00
    Not Bailable
    Description
    76-5-402 RAPE

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    Missionary serving in Utah County arrested on charge of rape
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: KUTV
    Date published/accessed: 14 May 2024
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    SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah (KUTV) — Police arrested a 19-year-old serving in Utah County as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on charges of rape.

    Officers with the Saratoga Springs Police Department were called to a home north of Pony Express Parkway after reports that someone has been sexually assaulted by a person who lived across the street.

    When officers arrived, they found Abraham Isaac Cruz Hernandez standing in a nearby driveway.

    Police said Cruz told them he had been making out in a garage while along together, and then had sex.

    The victim, whose age and identity were not released, told police Cruz grabbed her and forced her to perform sexual acts.

    Cruz was arrested on charged of forcible sodomy, rape and sexual battery.

    Investigators said Cruz was identified as a missionary.

    KUTV reached out to Church communications for a response. They issued the following statement:

    This individual was immediately removed from his volunteer missionary service as soon as the Church learned of these very serious and troubling allegations. The Church is cooperating fully with law enforcement in this investigation. Missionaries are expected to abide by the highest standards, and those who do not will be released and sent home, and in situations involving criminal allegations, also face loss of Church membership.

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    Latter-day Saint missionary serving in Utah arrested on suspicion of rape
    Source type: News article
    Publisher: Salt Lake Tribune
    Date published/accessed: 14 May 2024
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    A 19-year-old missionary with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was arrested Saturday in Saratoga Springs on suspicion of rape.

    The man is from California and was serving a Latter-day Saint mission in Utah. He is accused of rape, forcible sodomy and sexual battery, according to Utah County jail records.

    He was arrested after police were called to a Saratoga Springs home Saturday, where a witness told investigators the man sexually assaulted the witness’s sister in a garage. The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name defendants unless they have been formally charged with a crime.

    The 19-year-old told police that he and the alleged victim, whose age was not released, were “making out” in the garage of her home and “eventually had sex,” according to a probable cause statement explaining his arrest. He declined to answer further questions, the document states.
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    The man was living across the street from the alleged victim’s home. She told police she was in the garage with the man when he grabbed her and began kissing her, to which she said she “originally consented.”

    But when she told him to stop, he did not, proceeding to assault her, she told police. As he was allegedly assaulting her, friends came into the garage and told him to stop, a witness said.

    According to a statement from the church, the 19-year-old was “immediately removed from his volunteer missionary service as soon as the church learned of these very serious and troubling allegations.”

    The church “is cooperating fully with law enforcement in this investigation,” the statement added.

    “Missionaries are expected to abide by the highest standards, and those who do not will be released and sent home,” the statement continued. “And in situations involving criminal allegations, also face loss of church membership.”

    As of Tuesday afternoon, the man remained held in Utah County jail without the option of bail.

Other sources excerpts
  1. probable cause statement/affidavit - Utah County Sheriff's Office - 11 May 2024
Other sources excerpts
  • probable cause statement/affidavit
    Affidavit
    Utah County Sheriff's Office
    11 May 2024

    [Note: excerpts in square brackets redacted by FLOODLIT]

    On 05/11/2024 Officer responded to [redacted address 1] in Saratoga Springs. The complainant advised that [the victim] was sexually assaulted by a male [redacted location].

    Officer observed the suspect standing in the driveway of [redacted address 2] and was identified as Abraham Issac Cruz Hernandez by his Mexico ID card.

    Abraham explained that he and the victim were alone together in the garage of [redacted address 1]. He stated he and the victim were making out and eventually had sex. Abraham was advised of his Miranda Rights and refused to answer further questions.

    The victim provided a statement where she explained she and Abraham were alone together in the garage, Abraham grabbed her and began kissing her, which she originally consented to.

    He then pushed her up against a truck parked inside the garage, lifted her shirt, and began [redacted].

    The victim told Abraham to stop, he then forced the victim [redacted].

    Abraham then grabbed the victim [redacted] and pushed [redacted], forcing her to [redacted].

    The victim told Abraham again to stop. He then grabbed the victim [redacted] and turned her around and [redacted] and began [redacted].

    Shortly after their friends came in the garage and told them to stop.

    The victim could not remember if Abraham ejaculated.

    Abraham is currently serving as a missionary for the LDS Church, he does not have any family, support system, or ties within Utah. If released he will likely return to his home state of California.

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