College Republicans rocked by underage sexual misconduct scandal

The Oklahoma College Republican leader was charged Monday with two felonies of sexual misconduct involving a minor.

Jonathan Hernandez was arrested last Friday after inviting a 14-year-old from the church where Hernandez served as minister back to his dorm room at Oklahoma Christian University. There, Hernandez viewed porn with the victim, asked to see the child’s genitals, and requested oral sex, one said statutory declaration reviewed by an NBC affiliate.

College Republicans, a student-run corporation of Republicans, said it was “disgusted to hear of the deplorable behavior of Jonathan Hernandez,” who served as the organization’s former board member.

“Our tent is big,” the group added, “but it’s not big enough to accommodate sexual misconduct or predatory behavior.”

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Hernandez was previously employed by Ryan Walter, the state’s nominee for superintendent, and reportedly received $2,000 in connection with Walter’s campaign. Shortly before his arrest, Hernandez was working as a full-time operations specialist for the Oklahoma Senate, who told the NBC affiliate that his contract was terminated shortly after news of his arrest.

The state’s Republican Party said it “condemns in the strongest terms all instances of sexual assault” and had no prior knowledge of the arrest.

Oklahoma Christian University also said it was “shocked and saddened to learn recently of an alleged incident that occurred two years ago involving a former student in a campus apartment.”

“As soon as our campus police were informed of the allegation, they immediately investigated the case and referred it to OKCPD,” the school added. “We will continue to work fully with the authorities as they move forward. We pray for healing and justice in this situation.”

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