Whatcom man suspected of sexually molesting child he knew

Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

A Whatcom County man is suspected of unlawfully touching a child he was familiar with in a sexual manner approximately two years ago.

Bellingham Police arrested Joel Barrientos-Mendoza, 45, on Wednesday and booked him into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree child molestation.

According to information provided to The Bellingham Herald by Lt. Claudia Murphy, Barrientos-Mendoza is 26 years older than the victim.

Murphy suggested that if you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, you can contact the following local resources for free, confidential support: Lummi Victims of Crime at 360-312-2015 and Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services at 360-715-1563.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.