Man charged with child porn after outcry from girl at Walmart

NEW BRAUNFELS, TEXAS - A New Braunfels man is facing a possession of child pornography charge after he was allegedly found to have an inappropriate photo of 5-year-old child on his cell phone.

According to New Braunfels police, law enforcement responded to a Walmart, located in the 1200 block of I-35 South, on Aug. 12, 2017 for a report of invasive visual recording. There, an 11-year-old girl had told her parents that a man, identified by police as Hermes Mendez, 36, had taken a picture of her underneath her bathroom stall. Police said they found Mendez inside the women's restroom and took him into custody on two outstanding warrants.

As part of their investigation, New Braunfels detectives said they examined Mendez's phone and found a photo of a 5-year-old victim.

Police said they issued an arrest warrant for Mendez on Nov. 1 but initially had a difficult time tracking him down. However, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals and Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Mendez was taken into custody without incident on Nov. 28 at approximately 6 p.m.

Mendez remains in the Comal County Jail with a bond set at $200,000, as of noon Nov. 30.

Along with the 11-year-old child, investigators believe a female adult might have also been a victim of Mendez at the Walmart. Police said that incident happened between the hours of 8 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2017, and they are looking for the woman. If she's found, additional charges may be filed, New Braunfels police said.

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