Detectives with the Laurel Police Department worked more than four years in helping with a child sex assault case that led to a conviction and sentencing last month in federal court.
Laurel Police said Enrique Menendez, of Laurel, was convicted of first degree child sex assault charges and sentenced March 24 to 20 years in prison after a nearly two-week trial where four Laurel police officers testified.
Laurel police became involved in the case in May 2009 after being referred by Prince George's County Protective Services. Police said the victim, a 9-year-old boy, alleged several attacks had been made by an adult male in Prince George's County and Washington, D.C., over the course of a year.
Laurel police said their detectives conducted interviews, gathered DNA and executed search warrants in the case, leaded to the arrest of Menendez, 49, in July 2011. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington charged Menendez with first degree child sex assault with aggravating circumstances, police said.
"It's a perfect example of how perseverance can help solve cases," Laurel Police Chief McLaughlin said in a released statement. "These detectives never gave up. And now finally, justice for this child."