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Kevin Perez-HernandezA 19-year-old Portland man is in jail awaiting trial on accusations that he carried on a sexual relationship with an underage girl from Sandy, resulting in a pregnancy.

Kevin Perez-Hernandez is in the Clackamas County Jail, held on $75,000 bail and awaiting a case manager hearing scheduled for Dec. 18 and a trial in Clackamas County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Jan. 8.

A grand jury indicted Perez-Hernandez on four counts of third-degree rape and one count of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

Last June, the Clackamas County Department of Human Services was notified that a teenage girl was pregnant. DHS asked Sandy police to conduct an investigation.

During that investigation, an officer had reason to suspect the father of the unborn child was Perez-Hernandez, who was a friend of the girl.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, but he was not located until he surrendered by walking into the Sandy Police Department on Nov. 11.

He was taken into custody and lodged in the Clackamas County Jail. Two days later, the grand jury returned its indictment.

At the time of the alleged sexual encounters, Perez-Hernandez was 18 years old. But he lied to the girl, the investigating officer told the Post, saying he wasn’t old enough to be considered an adult under Oregon law.

“He had a sexually intimate relationship with the female minor,” the officer said, “that resulted in a pregnancy and DHS’s involvement.”

The young man’s contact with the girl was likely after June 2011, which included his 18th birthday (June 12, 1993). According to Oregon law, a juvenile becomes an adult on his or her 18th birthday.

The prosecutor is Deputy District Attorney Brian Brock, while attorney Charles Moore of Milwaukie represents Perez-Hernandez.

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