Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr., 34, a former Hialeah Police Department sergeant, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for sex crimes against three women, officials stated. 

Menocal, 34, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the civil rights of women by sexually exploiting them.

According to court documents, Menocal did the following:

  • Kissed a woman and caused her to touch his exposed penis
  • Had a second woman, who was in psychiatric crisis, perform oral sex on him
  • Coerced a third woman, who was walking alone at night, into submitting to oral and vaginal sex.
  • While not directly related to the offenses to which he pleaded guilty, Menocal also admitted to bringing a fourth female into a Hialeah Police Department building and ordering her to remove her shorts and underwear, causing her to expose her buttocks to him.
  • Menocal admitted that he was on-duty and in uniform during all of these acts, abusing his official authority.

“The Department of Justice will not tolerate police officers who abuse their authority to prey on those they are sworn to protect,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division. “The Civil Rights Division will continue to vigorously prosecute these cases to secure justice for the victims of these reprehensible crimes and to ensure that perpetrators who use their unique power to take advantage of others are held accountable.”

(December 2019 News Report) 

“The police officer sentenced today violated not only his victims’ rights, but also the public’s trust,” said U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida. “As this prosecution shows, we will hold accountable those in our South Florida community who abuse their positions of power and engage in such disgraceful illegal conduct.”

“Jesus Menocal now faces the consequences for using his position to sexually abuse women,” said Deputy Special Agent in Charge John J. Bernardo of the FBI Miami Field Office. “Menocal was sentenced to the statutory maximum which is a testament to the courage of his victims to come forward and tell their stories as well as the dedication of FBI Miami’s Civil Rights squad.”

By Raul

Raul Hernandez is a former journalist. He has worked as a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years at the El Paso Herald-Post, El Paso Times, Press Enterprise in Riverside, California and the Ventura County Star in California. He was a court reporter for more than 20 years.