Sex assault investigation leads to arrest – February 22

On Thursday, February 22, at 9:58 p.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office arrested Onofre Bernardo-Mendez, age 47, of Sioux Center, IA.

The arrest stemmed from a sexual abuse report that occurred a mile southeast of Sioux Center, IA.

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Bernardo-Mendez used force to have sexual intercourse with a 20-year-old female. During the investigation Bernardo-Mendez offered the victim cash with the intent to influence her testimony.

Bernardo-Mendez was charged with Sex Abuse and tampering with a witness.