Ex-choir director facing soliciting charges dies at 31

By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ
Managing Editor
editor@sbnewspaper.com

Alfredo Hernandez Jr.

Alfredo Hernandez Jr.

The underage accusers of Alfredo Hernandez Jr., a former middle school choir director in San Benito arrested for online solicitation, will not see him prosecuted for his alleged crimes.

Melissa Landín of the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday that Hernandez’s charges of online solicitation of a minor under 14, possession of child pornography and online solicitation of a minor (sexual contact) were dismissed because the suspect recently died.

Hernandez, who authorities alleged went by the name “Freddy Love” on Facebook to lure an underage girl out of her home to have sex, died at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen on Wednesday, Sept. 10. He was 31 years old; his cause of death was unclear as of presstime Tuesday.

It was Oct. 12, 2012 when Hernandez, who at that time served as the Berta Cabaza Middle School choir director, was arrested by the Harlingen Police Department for online solicitation of a minor.

Specifically, HPD investigators accused Hernandez of encouraging a 12-year-old girl from Harlingen to “sneak out of the house” and “meet with him” at Walmart, where officers in marked and unmarked units waited and apprehended the suspect in the parking lot. Citing Facebook messages that referenced “illicit sexual conduct,” it was also alleged that Hernandez intended to pick up the minor and take her to his apartment in Brownsville.

It was the alleged victim’s mother, a 32-year-old Harlingen woman, who informed police that Hernandez had allegedly contacted her daughter on Facebook.

Similar charges were later filed against Hernandez involving students attending Brownsville ISD and San Benito CISD campuses. According to accusations made in 2012 involving Berta Cabaza and Miller Jordan Middle School students, ages 11 to 12, Hernandez allegedly requested nude photos and attempted to meet three of the alleged victims. On one occasion, authorities believed Hernandez had phone sex with at least one of the students.

On Oct. 15, three days after being arrested by Harlingen police, Hernandez was apologetic in a resignation letter emailed to William Snavely, who at that time served as principal at Berta Cabaza.

“I am really sorry for what I did and what I’ve done to you,” Hernandez said in the email, which also announced his resignation as the school’s choir director. “I am really sorry for those who I love and care for. I hope you can forgive me one day for my mistake; I respect you so much as a principal.”

 

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