Idaho prison worker charged with sexual assault of Coal Hollow employee takes plea deal

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UPDATE: The man accused of raping an employee at a Utah fire camp over the summer has pleaded guilty to a lower charge, according to the Associated Press

The victim in the case agreed to the plea deal in order to not have to testify. 

“After speaking with her and her family, she felt this would hold him accountable to a certain degree while not requiring her to testify,” Daniels told AP. 

Hernandez faces a year in jail. 

Prosecutors plan on asking for the full sentence and restitution for therapy or medical bills.

Hernandez was eligible for parole in May 2019 on a drug charge in Idaho, but his full sentence could run until 2023.


INDIANOLA, Utah (News4Utah) – An Idaho prison inmate working on assignment in Utah to help fight the Coal Hollow Fire has been charged with rape of a woman who worked at the base camp in Indianola. 

27-year-old Ruben Hernandez was arrested on Thursday after a woman came forward and said she was raped by the man earlier that day. 

According to charging documents, the victim told deputies she was running a wash trailer for the fire base camp and that over the last week Hernandez had been flirting with her.

Thursday morning around 10 a.m., while she was inside the wash trailer, Hernandez came over and went inside the trailer. The victim said Hernandez asked for her phone number but she gave him her friends husband’s number instead.

The victim said Hernandez then exposed himself and then asked her to perform a lewd act but she told the man no. That is when the victim said he raped her.

The woman told a friend what happened and they then reported it to the Security guards who then lined up the prisoners and the victim picked Hernandez out of the inmates as the one who raped her.

The woman was taken to Sanpete Valley Hospital for an examination and Hernandez was booked into the Sanpete County Jail for first-degree felony rape. 

According to Idaho Department of Corrections, Hernandez was serving a prison sentence until 2023 on drug related charges. 

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