Fugitive wanted on 70 counts of rape in Pennsylvania

Gerardo Cruz-Hernandez

January 30, 2014 3:08:47 AM PST
Authorities are searching for a child predator who's accused of sexually assaulting a Norristown teen dozens of times.

Thirty one year old Gerardo Cruz-Hernandez is a fugitive, facing 70 counts of rape.

Police say his victim is a 15-year-old Norristown girl who became pregnant during the abuse, and who he then forced to undergo an abortion.

A teacher at the victim's school had noticed signs of abuse, so the school called police.

County Youth Services is caring for her for now.

Police were about to arrest Cruz-Hernandez, but say a woman close to him tipped him off, and he fled. That woman is now under arrest.

He is a Mexican national, and they believe he has already left Pennsylvania.

Anyone with information on Cruz-Hernandez' whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately.

Get more details from our sister station, 6ABC Action News in Philadelphia.