St. George man arrested for sodomy of 12-year-old boy

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ST. GEORGE — A 34-year-old St. George man has been arrested for the alleged sodomy of a 12-year-old boy on multiple occasions.

Oscar Mercedes Mancilla-Haas, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Oct. 20, 2017 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Just before midnight Thursday, police responded to a St. George residence on a report of a 911 hang up. Upon their arrival, officers saw two men physically fighting through the front window of the home, according to a probable cause statement filed by St. George Police in support of the arrest.

“As I approached the residence, I could hear something to the effect (of) ‘how could you do that to a child’ in the Spanish language,” the arresting officer wrote in the sworn statement.

At the scene, a man told police that Oscar Mercedes Mancilla-Haas had raped his 12-year-old son, the report states, noting that the boy told his father Mancilla-Haas had sexually abused him on at least four separate occasions.

Mancilla-Haas was detained and taken to the St. George Police Department for questioning. Before disclosing any information about the allegations, Mancilla-Haas requested an attorney, according to the statement.

The boy was interviewed at the Children’s Justice Center in St. George where he disclosed additional details of the alleged abuse.

Mancilla-Haas was transported and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court Tuesday accusing Mancilla-Haas of four first-degree felony counts of sodomy on a child.

He is scheduled to appear before Judge Eric Ludlow Oct. 30 for his next court appearance.

According to booking information, Mancilla-Haas remains in police custody as this report publishes.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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7 Comments

  • aaron October 20, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    This is what you get when you have a sanctuary state. And a Mormon church that supports it.

    • Real Life October 21, 2017 at 7:53 am

      Agreed.

    • SteveSGU October 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      This is what you get in a world where people accept evil. It has nothing to do with politics or immigration. It has to do with dark hearts.

    • knobe October 21, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Oh please . . . that is most lame barbie brained comment in ages . . .
      This mental illness is common among white USA citizen males too.
      Trying to link it to Non related issues is for the brainless ,
      Unless you are like 12 and not yet begun to develop reasoning skills .

  • mmsandie October 21, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I agree with above comments, 8 would deport him immediately, but then again h3 would crawl back to USA and not serve tim

  • knobe October 21, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    A pedo to his own child ?
    Sorry . . . Not salvageable .
    I doubt his brain damage is reverseable with current medical technology .
    He should be peacefully euthanized in the interest of child safety .

    • comments October 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm

      “At the scene, a man told police that Oscar Mercedes Mancilla-Haas had raped his 12-year-old son, the report states, noting that the boy told his father Mancilla-Haas had sexually abused him on at least four separate occasions.”

      I don’t think the victim was the suspect’s son. The text above does make it very confusing.

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