Juan Hernandez

Juan Hernandez

A Fitchburg man faces nearly 40 years in jail on charges that he attempted to sexually assault a hearing-impaired Poynette woman.

Juan P. Hernandez, 37, Fitchburg, is being held in Columbia County Jail on a felony charge of attempted second-degree sexual assault, felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Because it is believed Hernandez committed the crimes, in whole or in part, because of the victim’s disability, the charges also carry a hate crime modifier.