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Missionary serving in Utah County arrested on rape charges

Police arrested a 19-year-old serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Utah County on charges of rape.

Saratoga Springs Police Department officers were called to a home north of Pony Express Parkway after reports that someone had been sexually assaulted by a person living across the street.

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

Police said Cruz told them that while we were together in a garage he made out and then had sex.

The victim, whose age and identity have not been released, told police that Cruz grabbed her and forced her to perform sex acts.

Cruz was arrested on charges of forcible sodomy, rape and sexual assault.

Investigators said Cruz was identified as a missionary.

KUTV reached out to church communications for a response. They released the following statement:

This individual was immediately removed from voluntary missionary service as soon as the Church learned of these very serious and disturbing allegations. The Church is cooperating fully with the police in this investigation. Missionaries are expected to adhere to the highest standards, and those who do not are released and sent home, and in situations involving criminal charges, also face the loss of their membership in the Church .

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