Woodhaven park manager abused relative: Cops

Woodhaven park manager abused relative: Cops

WOODHAVEN — Police arrested a Queens district park manager Sunday afternoon and charged him with sexually abusing an underage female relative on three occasions since 2008.

Police said the victim was 11 when Rene Herrera, 57, sexually abused her. Authorities would not disclose when or where they believe the misconduct occurred.

Herrera, 57, is married with three children and resides in Woodhaven, according to a profile of him published by the Juniper Park Civic Association in 2012.

The article notes that Herrera joined the city Parks Department staff in 1988. He was promoted up the ladder from associate city parks worker to promotional parks supervisor to parks regional manager in 2002. According to the profile, Herrera has supervised other Queens districts before assuming the helm of Districts 5 and 6, which includes more than 115 properties in Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood, Glendale, Rego Park and Forest Hills.

Authorities arrested Herrera from his home Sunday and said he was scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

A request for comment left on a voicemail at Herrera’s home was not returned.

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