MI Iraqi Vet Charged With Raping a Child

EATON COUNTY, MI – First degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted police carmurder have been leveled against 27 year old Higinio Mendoza Rivera III, an Eaton County man.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred shortly after 3:00AM Saturday morning in his own home on Stine Road near Charlotte, MI.  The child’s parents were awakened early Saturday morning by her screams. Police were called and Rivera was taken into custody.

Higinio Mendoza Rivera IIIRivera was arraigned Monday in Eaton County District Court and the judge set his bond at $1 million cash.  He is accused of raping and trying to strangle the 10 year old child.

Higinio Mendoza Rivera III is married and has two sons.  He served in Iraq from 2006 to 2007 and was discharged from the Army in 2010, according to Army officials.

Rivera is due back in court on March 21, 2014 for a preliminary exam to determine if he will stand trial on the charges.  If convicted, he could spend 25 years to life in prison.

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