Man arrested following sexual assault investigation involving teen boy
Photo: Jimenez under arrest
The Santa Cruz Police Department reported that the suspect in a sexual assault on a juvenile that occurred some time ago has now been arrested –
“A 23-year-old Watsonville man has been taken into custody following an investigation into the sexual assault of a teen boy.
Last week, we received a report that accused Matthew Jimenez of a sexual assault that had occurred more than a year ago. Detectives immediately investigated the allegations and were able to track down the 16-year-old victim, who confirmed and detailed what had already been reported to us.
Enough evidence was gathered to arrest Jimenez Tuesday morning. The victim and the suspect met through a mutual friend.
Jimenez was hired by the city in 2015 as a Parks and Community Services Division employee and had daily contact with youth. But at this time, we do not know if there are additional victims.
If you have any information regarding Jimenez, please call Detective Rudy Lopez at 831-768-3357.”