Damon Cervantes: Portland man, 32, accused of sexually assaulting child, dog and deer

Damon Cervantes reportedly raped a child he was babysitting, following which a probe unearthed videos of him having sex with a dog and a deer


                            Damon Cervantes: Portland man, 32, accused of sexually assaulting child, dog and deer
Damon Cervantes (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

PORTLAND, OREGON: Damon Cervantes believed his mobile phone data would exonerate him, but instead it only put him in more trouble. The 32-year-old was being interviewed by police over accusations of raping a three-year-old when he consented to police reviewing his phone data. That revealed videos of him having sex with a dog, and a "dead or heavily sedated deer". He now faces 25 charges and is in jail with bail set at over $1.5 million.

Originally, Cervantes was accused of raping the child he was supposed to be babysitting. Separately, rapper Doodie Lo was accused of sexually assaulting FTN Bae's son in late October. In another recent incident in Michigan, a sex offender out on parole raped a nine-year-old, leading to him landing back in jail.

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Reportedly, Cervantes was babysitting three children, and after raping one he asked them to "keep it a secret." However, that's not what the kids did. Instead, they detailed the incident to an adult, which led to a police investigation where Cervantes inadvertently revealed he was a sexual deviant. 

How mobile data gave Cervantes away

The three-year-old was raped by Cervantes on September 25. On September 28, he was interviewed by police where he denied doing the deed. Instead, he accused the children of lying and said his cellphone history would prove he was "busy" at the time, and could not have raped the child. "(Cervantes) showed some screen captures that he had taken to support his contention," an affidavit said. He also consented to police downloading the data for review.

Later, when the police were reviewing the data, they found two disturbing videos. One showed Cervantes having sex with a pit bull in a bedroom taken from multiple angles while wearing a shirt captioned 'What day is it? HUMPDAY'. Detectives also found another video that showed him having sex with a "dead or heavily sedated" deer, but it is not clear if the man in the video is Cervantes because his face is not visible.

The videos led the cops to the owner of the dog, who confirmed his pet had been abused and reportedly refused to eat for a week after the incident. As a result, he was slapped with over 25 charges, to all of which he pleaded not guilty. Records show he has been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sex abuse, first-degree sodomy, incest, endangering the welfare of a minor, and sexual assault of an animal. Cervantes is now being held at Inverness Jail with his next court date scheduled for December 1. 

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