FREETOWN — Police have arrested a 55-year-old former mail carrier, substitute teacher and Sunday school teacher on warrants charging him with child rape.

Earlier today, Gilbert Hernandez of Taunton was located and arrested by the Massachusetts State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section on outstanding arrest warrants from the Freetown and Lakeville Police Departments.

According to a release from the Freetown Police Department, after a lengthy investigation conducted by Freetown Police Detective Shane Kelley and Patrolman Kaylin Jose, police sought a warrant charging Hernandez with rape of a child with force; two counts of aggravated statutory rape of a child; and indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or over.

Police say Hernandez was identified as the suspect in a sexual assault investigation involving a female juvenile.

The Lakeville Police Department had, based upon the same investigation, obtained an arrest
warrant for Hernandez charging him with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 or over.

Police say there are also pending charges from three southeastern Massachusetts communities involving the same victim.

Hernandez was booked at the Freetown Police Department before being transported to the Fall River Justice Center for arraignment.

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