National Warrant Out On Worthington Man For Criminal Sexual Conduct

Tue 11-9-2021

(Worthington)- A nationwide warrant has been issued for a 53-year-old Worthington man accused of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under age 8.

Worthington Sexual Conduct 

The man, Rene Canales – also known as Octavio Mendez – is being sought following an investigation due to a criminal complaint by the victim's family. After visiting Sanford Worthington Medical Center, the victim said that “Octavio” touched the victims private parts on multiple occasions. During visits to Child's Voice in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the victim reported that Canales digitally penetrated the victim's private parts on numerous occasions in the victim's bedroom. Due to this, the child has also tested positive for the herpes virus.

Canales left his job at Toro in Windom before 7 am on October 19th, from what he said was a family emergency, and has disappeared since then. Canales rented a room to the family of the victim in November 2019. The victim's father told law enforcement that Canales' room was completely empty and they had need seen nor heard from him since October 18th. The warrant is ongoing and Canales is still missing.