Area man pleads not guilty to molesting toddler

Published 9:55 am Friday, April 24, 2015

An Albert Lea man pleaded not guilty Thursday to allegedly molested a toddler for more than 18 months at his former apartment in Austin.

Carlos Francisco Fernandez, 66, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under 13 years old.

According to a court complaint, Fernandez allegedly molested the toddler between March 2012 and November 2013 when family members would drop the victim off at Fernandez’s apartment.

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Once the parents found out, they stopped letting the victim visit Fernandez and later tried to confront him. Though Fernandez left the country for a period of time, he allegedly admitted molesting the victim to the victim’s mother.

Fernandez’s next court appearance is in July.