A Bayville man who police said raped a 13-year-old girl after meeting her on Facebook and plying her with alcohol was held on $20,000 cash or bond Tuesday.
Tereso De Jesus Ruiz-Hernandez, 25, of 59 Bayville Ave., did not enter a plea at his arraignment in First District Court in Hempstead. He was charged with statutory second-degree rape, because the alleged victim was 15 or younger, and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act.
Ruiz-Hernandez, who said he earns $8.50 an hour as a housekeeper, was ordered by Judge Eric Bjorneby to stay away from the girl, whose name was not released by police because she is a minor and the alleged victim of a sex crime.
As of late afternoon, Ruiz-Hernandez had not posted bond, officials said. He told Bjoregby he could not afford an attorney.
The judge ordered Ruiz-Hernandez back to court Thursday.
Glen Cove police arrested Ruiz-Hernandez at 6:50 p.m. Monday after a joint investigation with the Nassau police Special Victims Squad, authorities said.
Ruiz-Hernandez first communicated with the victim on Facebook on July 17, said Det. Sgt. Robert J. Matedero of the Nassau Special Victims Squad.
In the first Internet chat, Ruiz-Hernandez lied about his age, police said, leading the victim to believe he was younger. The two met several times in Ruiz-Hernandez's 2011 Nissan Maxima in Glen Cove, police said. The rapes took place in the vehicle, police said.
"He did initially say he was less than 25," Matedero said.
The investigation was prompted when Glen Cove police pulled over Ruiz-Hernandez on a traffic stop when the victim was in his car and the officer thought they looked "suspicious," Matedero said. Police notified the victim's parents, who were not aware that she was spending time with Ruiz-Hernandez, police said.
Ruiz-Hernandez was previously arrested on a criminal possession of stolen property charge, police said. No further details of that alleged crime were available.
After the arraignment, Ruiz-Hernandez's aunt, Ana Hernandez, 44, said through an interpreter that said she knew nothing about the charges against him.
Police asked anyone who may have any information relating to this case or other incidents to call the Special Victims Squad at 516-571-1267.