Kalkaska County Man accused of Abusing Kids in his Foster Care

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RAPID CITY, MI – A Rapid City man has been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree with a person under 13. Michigan State Police are asking victims to come forward if they were abused while at his home in foster care.

On November 2nd, 2020, 72-year-old Robert Mendoza, of Rapid City, was arrested by Michigan State Police (MSP) Seventh District Fugitive Team in Grand Traverse County for Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree with a person under the age of 13-years-old. This investigation is ongoing as more victims are coming forward.

The investigation began on October 5th, 2020 when a former foster child of Mendoza disclosed she was sexually assaulted by him in 2016. Criminal charges were authorized the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office.

Through the investigation, more victims have been stepping forward to tell their information about the alleged pedophile and the crimes that he is accused of committing. The victims that have stepped forward are from Kalkaska, Antrim, and Grand Traverse Counties. The information that these victims have provided to authorities dates back to at least 2009.

Robert Mendoza was arraigned on November 3rd, 2020, in the 86th District Court in Grand Traverse County for one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree with a person under the age of 13-years-old. His bond was set at $25,000 10%. He is currently lodged in the Grand Traverse County Jail. His foster care license has since been revoked following his arrest.

His next scheduled court appearance is on November 24th, 2020, at 11:00AM.

Any victims having had interaction with Robert Mendoza are asked to please come forward by contacting Trooper Investigator Kirschner at the MSP Cadillac Post at (231)-779-6040.

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