Police: Millersville man admits to sexually assaulting 5-year-old

Juan N. Mendez (Source: Millersville Police Department)

A woman says after her husband confessed to her Monday, she told him he had to go to police. That man, Juan N. Mendez, is now charged with the rape of a child. Police believe the crime goes much further.

"Anytime we have crimes, especially involving children, it's definitely tough to handle and difficult to deal with," said Lt. Dustin Carr of the Millersville Police Department.

Carr called this an especially disturbing crime for his department.

Mendez is accused of sexually assaulting a five-year-old child numerous times over six months.

Mendez worked at the customer counter of the metro station post office in Nashville.

His wife of 18 years told News 4 he called her during his lunch break Monday saying police were investigating him for a crime in Millersville, and he wanted to apologize for this and other crimes he never told her about. Mendez's wife said her husband told her he needs treatment for his mental health and asked her to forgive him. She said she told him to confess all of what he was saying to police.

"He gave some information that was quite alarming," said Carr. "Over the past two decades, he says he's had multiple victims, most of them we assume to be children."

Carr said charges like this have not been filed on Mendez before.

Millersville police are looking for other victims in Sumner County and Davidson County where Mendez used to live.

"We believe, at minimum, we have four victims," said Carr. "It's probably going to be quite a bit more than that."

A rep for the US Post Office told News 4 Mendez is now on non-duty status, and they support police in their investigation. Mendez worked with the postal service since 1994.

Mendez is charged with five counts of rape of a child and is being held on a $500,000 bond.

"Some of his victims could be in their 20s by now," said Carr. "They were children at the time. We could be talking about adults who have never disclosed the information. Often times, victims don't come forward, so we're asking for anyone with information in reference to any crime he committed, and we'll get help to them as well."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 615-859-2758.

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