Upgraded charges for Orange Walk East representative

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Updated: September 2, 2015

Sitting area representative for Orange Walk East Marco Tulio Mendez has been charged for carnal knowledge.  Mendez appeared in Magistrate Court yesterday where the six charges of aggravated assault of an indecent nature were withdrawn and three counts of carnal knowledge were laid against him.  Mendez was in court along with his attorney Andrew Bennett and both were expecting a routine adjournment on request of the police investigators. Our colleagues at CTV3 News in Orange Walk spoke with Bennett as the court session ended.

 Andrew Bennett – Attorney

We learnt this morning that additional charges were preferred against Dr. Mendez which is the charge of carnal knowledge and at this point he is still before the court and there is still a preliminary inquiry to be held an so we are to return on the 27th of October in relation to the entire charges.

Reporter

 So now additional charges on your client how does that affect your case?

Andrew Bennett – Attorney

“Well it just means that we have another charge to just really traverse through the courts.”

 According to Mendez this additional charge, of a more serious nature comes as a surprise.

 Marco Tulio Mendez – OW East area representative

I’m surprised by it and as I had told you I am going to prove my innocence in the court of law.

Reporter

“ Were you surprised that this additional charge was thrown at you?

Marco Tulio Mendez – OW East area representative

“I was totally surprised. “

The more serious criminal charges against Mendez follows ongoing investigation into allegations made by two female minors who accused the politician of touching them inappropriately.  Our sources indicate that after six months of investigation by the police have strong evidence to indicate that Mendez had sex with the minors, hence the upgrade in charges. Mendez remains on bail and is to reappear in court on October 27, 2015.  Mendez was charged on February 6 of this year with six counts of aggravated assault of an indecent nature when two female minors told social workers that Mendez touched them inappropriately.  Since then Mendez has maintained his innocence.