Florida Sex Offender Fugitive

Fugitive Sex Offender In Florida Charged With Sexually Battery Of 12-Year-Old

A Florida man has been arrested and charged after sexually abusing a 12-year-old child earlier this year. The suspect is a convicted sex offender who failed to register as a sex offender for the last 20 years.

According to deputies, on July 21, 2022, Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Major Crimes detectives arrested Arnulfo Zendejas, 42, for Sexual Battery.

Upon learning that Zendejas was a sexual offender who had failed to report his address to DHSMV, he was also charged with Failure by a Sexual Offender to Comply with Registration Requirements.

Detectives recently received information that on April 26, 2022, Zendejas sexually battered a 12-year-old child.

A Florida man has been arrested and charged after sexually abusing a 12-year-old child earlier this year. The suspect is a convicted sex offender who failed to register as a sex offender for the last 20 years.
Arnulfo Zendejas, 42, 2022 and his mugshot from 2001

The victim told her parents, who contacted law enforcement. During the investigation into that offense, detectives learned that Zendejas was a sexual offender, having been convicted of Lewd and Lascivious Conduct on May 29, 2001, in Lake County.

Detectives also learned that Zendejas has had an outstanding warrant for Violation of Probation since 2002 when he absconded from a term of probation for the Lake County offense.

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Zendejas’ whereabouts for the last 20 years are unknown. Therefore, detectives believe he may have more victims.

If you or someone you know has been victimized by Zendejas, or if you know where he may have been residing at any time since 2002, please call Detective Karla Santana-Palau at 352-368-3548.

“To help refresh the memory of any person who may have had contact with Zendejas, we have included two photographs of him – one from 2001 and another from 2022,” said Marion County Sheriff.

Zendejas is being held at the Marion County Jail with no bond.

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