Manteo man convicted of sexual offenses against children, will serve eight consecutive sentences

By on January 24, 2023

(District 1 D.A.’s office)

District 1 District Attorney Jeff Cruden has announced that Roberto Anastasio Hernandez, 47, of Manteo, was convicted by a jury of three counts of Statutory Rape of a Child, one count of Statutory Sexual Offense with a Child, three counts of taking Indecent Liberties with a Child and one count of 2nd degree kidnapping in Dare County Superior Court on Friday, Jan. 20.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Jerry R. Tillett presided over the trial, the case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Jennifer Karpowicz Bland and Amber Younce and Legal Assistant Hannah Gilroy. District Attorney Jeff Cruden said, “I want to give a special thanks to the three victims and their families for their courage to come forward and report what happened to them and put their trust in the criminal justice system to seek justice in this case. A special thanks also goes to out the men and women of the Dare County Sheriff’s Office that investigated the case and provided us with the evidence the jury needed to reach their final decision.”

The defendant will serve the eight separate active sentences consecutively. The Statutory Rape and Sexual Offenses each were sentenced to a minimum of 240 months and a maximum of 348 months, each Indecent Liberties with a Child offense was sentenced to a minimum of 16 months and a maximum of 29 months, and the kidnapping was sentenced to a minimum of 73 months and a maximum of 148 months. The total maximum sentence for the defendant is 1,627 months or 135.5 years.



  • Donna Roark

    Bravo! Good for Judge Tillett!! That is one way to keep these predators off the streets.

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 3:20 pm
  • Louise

    Boys in the big house can’t wait for his residency.

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 5:33 pm
  • Sean

    Wow! There isn’t but one answer

    Tuesday, Jan 24 @ 7:08 pm