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UO student charged with sexual abuse



A University of Oregon international student is facing charges for allegedly raping a female student in October, according to court documents.

The defendant, Kelvin Hernandez-Mendoza, 25, a Honduran citizen, studied computer and information science at UO.

The alleged sexual assault happened on Oct. 1, when Hernandez-Mendoza invited the victim to his apartment off campus to “watch a movie and listen to music from Honduras,” according to an affidavit by UOPD officer Thomas Harrison. The affidavit states that the defendant forcibly anally penetrated the victim two times that night and made her perform oral sex once.

Hernandez-Mendoza worked at the Mills International Center in the EMU. He was also the recipient of a scholarship through the International Culture Services Program, which brings students from around the world to UO. The program sends students into Eugene-Springfield schools and community groups to give presentations about their countries.

He was arrested by UOPD on Feb. 20 at the Lillis Business Complex at 9:50 a.m. without incident. He is in Lane County Jail and his trial is set for April 17 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lane County Courthouse.

Hernandez-Mendoza is being charged with sexual abuse in the second degree, a class C felony. His bail is set at $50,000.

UO Spokesperson Tobin Klinger said that Hernandez-Mendoza is no longer enrolled.

The Emerald did not publish the victim’s name for reasons of confidentiality.


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Will Campbell

Will Campbell

I'm the Senior News Editor at the Emerald. I was born and raised in Vancouver, WA.