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IN THIS SECTION    Start Here     Sex Offenders List/New Mexico-San Juan County     Sexual Abuse/Rapes by Law Enforcement (or others like judges)     Other Sexual Abuse Issues in New Mexico     Mysterious Cases     Navajo Nation and Mormon Church Sexual Abuse Lawsuits       See also River GOLD (rivergold.net) for Catholic, Mormon and other sexual abuse Project Safe Childhood For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. ------------------------- START HERE  Notice at least two investigators or activists (Mary Han/2010/Civil Rights lawyer and Karen Yontz/2003/allegedly mistakenly shot by police) were killed during the time period they were investigating rapes by police or other important figures.  The other side to Yontz’s story is that she herself was a troubled person with a gambling addiction which led her to try to rob a bank for money. Even though 2014 is increasingly dated, there are still important insights to be gleaned from the article.  Several of the names found on this page are listed in the article.  As an added note, consider the close connection between Catholic sexual abuses in New Mexico and sexual abuse and rapes across the state involving Catholics and others.  New Mexico was a dumping ground for sexual predators of all races from many parts of the United States, Jemez Springs being one particular spot to note.  Native and Mexican American children were often the victims; several of these in turn likely became predators themselves.  Sexual abuse includes dysfunctional family homes in which incest, child sexual abuse and domestic violence are present.  Several Hispanic police officers charged with rape or sexual abuse or misconduct later indicated there was sexual abuse or domestic violence inside their own homes growing up. Some of the problems can be that police officers and military personnel might consider that sex is part of the perks of the job.  The males might be thinking and doing porn, for one thing, on their off hours and breaks, at available free moments.  The culture of muscle and macho can also bring in expectations for sex.  When sex does not come as a natural part of the job (ie, cute cops getting hit on by chicks), it might be forced.  Sex becomes linked to food and income as gratification after performance.  The idea might include “If I have to do this shit for this low rate of pay, I might at least get some pussy for it”, or some such thing.  The carrot at the end of the stick for some men might be sex: if I do this and this for a lady, then I expect to get sex; it is an old well worn if-then clause between men and women.  This mentality can mean that if a cop thinks he went above and beyond and did something nice for a female, no matter what it is, he should get something in return…like sex.  In the world of fierceness, fight city and domination/submission found between police and criminals, sex might be another form aggressive assertion of one’s presence against another.  For some, sex is seen as a stress outlet; pent up emotions might creep out into how a man wants to release his tension.  Forced sex might be his sick way of letting off steam through misguided sex drive.  Dealing with women on the streets who cuss, dress loosely or coarsely and who are often addicts can make him feel disgust for women and as if the lot of them are barely more than tick-ridden dogs.  So at times the force sex can be about disdain for the low grade women he feels he constantly has to deal with on the job.  If he feels they are little better or worse than animals, forcing his own low end sex drive on them shouldn’t matter - or so he might tell himself. These then are some of the mental or cultural frameworks behind officer rape or sexual misconduct. Added to sexual abuse charges is the never-ending concern that alleged victims can be lying.  Police Factor has repeatedly given reasons behind lies.  We can all appreciate what could happen being victims ourselves with no one to believe or turn to.  Yet “Crying Wolf” is part of human nature, it goes back to antiquity.  People trying to get out of drug or other charges might try to pretend the arresting officer did something bad so their own cases are lessened or dropped.  People with ties to gangs or organized crime might bring in their aggressive “boss” male figures to twist the case out of context, including shifting names and influencing media stories.  We want all rapists to be caught, but realize police officers can be getting it from lying members of the public and their criminal allies.  We need to remember the possibility of links between Italian Catholic culture and Hispanic ones.  The link to Rome as the center for the Roman Catholic leadership is one reason.  Italian priests can impact Hispanic ones.  Some parts of the Italian language have resonance with the Spanish one.  Irish or even Scottish Catholics are yet another link in this complex matrix.   Italian mafia types have a presence in New Mexico through gambling, racetracks and drugs.  Several of them have decades old ties to Santa Fe, including Italian politicians.   What we think of as Hispanic at times might have elements of Italian and Irish Catholicism, or various other races and strains, including Pueblo, Apache, Navajo, Ute and various other tribal groups.  Corrupt cops and political leaders of various races, including whites, hanging around reservation towns could have been part of the abuse problem in the area, or might have turned the other eye, leaving children abused and unattended in their homes, churches and schools.  Child sexual abuse often was not responded to well in the 1960s all over the country; New Mexico has often lagged behind other states, so this problem seems to have extended much later.  Children who were raped and abused with nowhere to turn often became lost, sick, angry and retaliative people themselves.  It is unquestionable that child sexual abuse often passes the predatory tendencies down the line, as abused become abusers.  Although it is not written in concrete and we can make no such determinations pointblank, nor should we over-generalize, the tendencies are well- researched.  Many of the aberrant cops in New Mexico likely are linked to these troubled churches with predatory priests, as well as drug, alcohol and domestic violence-ridden households and neighborhoods all across New Mexico. El Paso Times 2014/02/17   Albuquerque judge [and] police accused in rapes Research was underwritten in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism; From the West Mesa Project. By Diana Washington Valdez https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/blogs/border-cafe/2014/02/17/albuquerque-judge-police- accused-in-rapes/30957155/ Excerpt:  ALBUQUERQUE - In recent years, a New Mexico state police officer, an Albuquerque police officer and a Second Judicial District Court judge were among those accused of sexually assaulting omen, including two prostitutes, according to court records, adding to the fears of victims’ relatives that the city’s law enforcement environment may not be conducive to solving the major West Mesa serial murder case. * 2010: Civil rights lawyer Mary Han is found dead in her home. Han was known for successfully winning civil rights cases against the Albuquerque police. The law firm she belonged to represents the former prostitute in the current case against Carlson.   Controversy erupted after authorities ruled Han’s death a suicide. State Attorney General Gary King issued a statement in 2013 alleging that Han did not kill herself and that Albuquerque police botched the investigation. *2003: Albuquerque police fatally shot Karen Yontz after allegedly confusing her with a fleeing robber. Yontz, a former investigator for federal and state prosecutors, was helping to investigate a municipal judge in an adjacent county who was accused of trading judicial favors for sex.  See the other side of Karen Yontz’s story in “Mysterious Cases” below. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/blogs/border-cafe/2014/02/17/albuquerque-judge-police- accused-in-rapes/30957155/ ------------------------ SEXUAL ABUSE - LAW ENFORCEMENT Some Sexual Abuse Issues and Rapes by Law Enforcement and Related Departments like Justice Department Several of these names are also found in the New Mexico Police Names/Abuse and Information section.  Some accused were later let off because of a hung jury, lost evidence, improper hearing notification procedures, indications of insufficient evidence and more.  Aguirre Michael Aguirre/Silver City/Western New Mexico University       Chavez Tim/Albuquerque/vice squad detectiveEsquibel Mike/Belen          Blea Christopher/Cuba and elsewhere        Maes David/2007/Albuquerque Veterans Park rape     Timothy Carlson/allegedly raped former prostitute in 2011     Mike Garcia/Albuquerque/2004     Judge Albert Murdoch Belen Mike Esquibel http://on-suicides-deaths.blogspot.com/2015/11/lawsuit-filed-over-deceased-belen.html “He admitted to sending inappropriate text messages and photographs not just to our client but also to other children in the school,” Stout Sanchez said. Days later, in September 2014, Esquibel took his own life. In a public memorial service, he was remembered as a model officer.  “To hold him up as a model citizen when they knew the seriousness of these allegations and they knew they were true is extremely disconcerting,” Hart said. The lawsuit said the student suffered physical, emotional and psychological harm, and that the school district and city failed to properly train the officer. http://on-suicides-deaths.blogspot.com/2015/11/lawsuit-filed-over-deceased-belen.html Silver City, Western New Mexico University Police Michael Aguirre Abuse, Stalking, Twenty counts of aggravated battery on a household member; three counts of child abuse; aggravated DWI; possession of a controlled substance; resisting, evading, obstruction of an officer; and aggravated stalking. He was transported to the Grant County Detention Center for booking. https://www.scsun-news.com/story/news/crime/2017/05/23/former-police-officer-back-custody-numerous- charges/102083588/ SILVER CITY — A former sheriff’s officer who was arrested earlier this month of multiple charges is back in custody after allegedly violating a restraining order.Michael Aguirre, 40, of Silver City, retired from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and was working as an officer for the Western New Mexico University Campus Police Department when he was arrested earlier this month. Cuba, Cuba Police department, previously NMSP, and also Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office Christopher Blea https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/cuba-police-officer-arrested-on-battery-assault-charges/ Blea has been with the Cuba Police Department for a few months and previously worked with New Mexico State Police and the Rio Arriba Sheriff’s Office. Major Randy Sanches with the sheriff’s office, says Blea lost his job with the department because of his history with domestic violence. https://www.krqe.com/news/new-mexico/cuba-police-officer-arrested-on-battery-assault-charges/ Albuquerque David Maes  *2007: Albuquerque police officer David Maes was arrested after a woman he was tasked to guard at a hospital accused him of brutally raping her at Veterans Park, where he stopped after he left to transport her from the hospital to the MetroDetentionCenter. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/blogs/border-cafe/2014/02/17/albuquerque-judge-police- accused-in-rapes/30957155/ Albuquerque judge, police accused in rapes of prostitutes, Diana Washington Valdez El PasoPublished 5:30 a.m. MT Feb. 17, 2014 https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/local/blogs/border-cafe/2014/02/17/albuquerque-judge-police- accused-in-rapes/30957155/ Albuquerque Timothy Carlson  *2013: A former prostitute alleges in a lawsuit filed in federal court that ex-New Mexico state policeman Timothy Carlson raped her in 2011 in his police vehicle. Judge Albert Murdoch, Judicial District Judge *2011: Judicial District Judge Albert Murdoch was arrested after a prostitute accused him of raping her. He was released after posting a $50,000 bond, and resigned his post. Before the scandal, he had presided over prostitution cases. MYSTERIOUS CASES investigators of rape cases (also in Start Here above)  * 2010: Civil rights lawyer Mary Han is found dead in her home. Han was known for successfully winning civil rights cases against the Albuquerque police. The law firm she belonged to represents the former prostitute in the current case against Carlson.   Controversy erupted after authorities ruled Han’s death a suicide. State Attorney General Gary King issued a statement in 2013 alleging that Han did not kill herself and that Albuquerque police botched the investigation.  *2003: Albuquerque police fatally shot Karen Yontz after allegedly confusing her with a fleeing robber. Yontz, a former investigator for federal and state prosecutors, was helping to investigate a municipal judge in an adjacent county who was accused of trading judicial favors for sex. The other side of the story behind Karen Yontz: https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Friends-Seek-Clues-in-N-M-Woman-s-Death-8761535.php Excerpt:  As a criminal investigator, Karen Yontz was a standout _ the kind called in on big cases and sought out by colleagues for advice on tough legal questions. The answer, at least in part, according to friends and official records, was that the 50-year-old investigator with the New Mexico attorney general's office was a troubled woman who developed a gambling habit, ran up heavy losses and turned to crime in a desperate attempt to cover her debts.Her standoff with police ended in what was, in effect, a suicide.  "This was someone who was in a lot of pain and this was the only way she knew to end everything," said Angela R. Pacheco, a former co- worker and longtime friend.  Yontz's trips to play video poker at nearby Indian casinos had at first been a diversion from personal stresses but had turned into a darker routine, friends say.  "She was very open in the beginning" about gambling, said Cindy Romero, Yontz's former partner when Yontz worked in the district attorney's office in Santa Fe. "And then as it became an addiction, she wouldn't even say she was going. But different people would see her there."  Her husband, Jim Yontz, told Albuquerque TV station KOAT that his wife had lost more than $100,000. "She had so much pride, it just ate her up," he said two days after her death. He also told investigators she had fraudulently written checks on his personal bank account. https://www.myplainview.com/news/article/Friends-Seek-Clues-in-N-M-Woman-s-Death-8761535.php SEX OFFENDERS LISTS Note:  A. The legislature finds that: (1) sex offenders pose a significant risk of recidivism; and re·cid·i·vism /rəˈsidəˌvizəm/ Learn to pronounce noun the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend. --from Watchdot, below Home Facts Offenders San Juan Countyex Offenders San Juan County https://www.homefacts.com/offenders/New-Mexico/San-Juan-County.html https://www.cabq.gov/police/online-services/sex-offender-lookup https://www.registeredoffenderslist.org/new-mexico-sex-offenders.html https://www.nsopw.gov/en/Conditions/JurisdictionConditions/NM https://www.familywatchdog.us/laws/nmlaws.asp Other Sexual Abuse Issues in New Mexico Not comprehensive Espanola Andrew Sandoval Española man faces trial on charge of raping 13-year-old girl.  By Danielle Prokop https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/espa-ola-man-faces-trial-on-charge-of-raping-13-year-old- girl/article_6d7d559a-f332-57d7-b9db-1e1630f6a467.html Excerpt:  TIERRA AMARILLA — A state district judge in Rio Arriba County on Tuesday scheduled a March trial for a man accused of raping a 13-year-old girl.  Andrew Sandoval, 37, is charged with 19 felonies including eight counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor, six counts of criminal sexual penetration, three counts of contributing to delinquency, one count of electronic child solicitation and one count of tampering with evidence. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of enticement of a child. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/espa-ola-man-faces-trial-on-charge-of-raping-13-year-old- girl/article_6d7d559a-f332-57d7-b9db-1e1630f6a467.html Albuquerque Angel Gurule 2020/01/28   January 28 Morning Rush: Adoptive father testified accused rapist was abused as child.  By Allison Keys. https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/january-28-morning-rush-adoptive-father-testified-accused-rapist-was- abused-as-child/ The Albuquerque man accused of raping a woman on a jogging trail is scheduled to be back in court on Tuesday. Earlier this month, 23-year-old Angel Gurule was arrested for the attack and rape of a woman jogging along the bosque four years ago. A family tree DNA database helped lead investigators to him. On Tuesday, Gurule’s adoptive father described his childhood as filled with abuse and surrounded by drugs. Emamdee, Alan Daily Times 2019/05/30   Former doctor cleared sexual assault abuse https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/crime/2019/05/30/former-doctor-cleared-sexual-assault-abuse- farmington-alan-emamdee-san-juan-regional-medical-center/1287076001/ 2017/10/12 doctor accused sexual misconduct abuse patients https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/local/farmington/2017/10/12/doctor-accused-sexual-misconduct- abuse-patients/755821001/ Ferguson Pierce Navajo Times 2016/12/15  Navajo man convicted sexual abuse Police blotter: Navajo man convicted sexual abuse https://navajotimes.com/reznews/blotter/police-blotter-navajo-man-convicted-sexual-abuse/ Lopez, Stephanie Las Cruces Sun 2016/09/21 Baby Briannas mother released prison https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/crime/2016/09/21/baby-briannas-mother-released-prison/90813214/ Sloan, Brian Adrian Justice dot gov (2019/05/03) Navajo man Newcomb sentenced life conviction federal child sexual charges https://www.justice.gov/usao-nm/pr/navajo-man-newcomb-nm-sentenced-life-conviction-federal-child-sexual- abuse-charges Excerpt:  ALBUQUERQUE –Brian Adrian Sloan, 33, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation from Newcomb, N.M., was sentenced yesterday in Albuquerque federal court to life imprisonment for his conviction on aggravated child sexual abuse charges, announced U.S. Attorney John C. Anderson and Special Agent in Charge James C. Langenberg of the FBI’s Albuquerque Division.             The FBI arrested Sloan, in Aug. 2016, on an indictment alleging child sexual abuse offenses.  The indictment was superseded in Jan. 2017, and charged Sloan with sexually abusing two children under the age of 12 years.  The four-count superseding indictment charged Sloan with violating one child on three occasions in 2007 and 2008, and another child in 2003, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.  Sloan was convicted on all four-counts of the superseding indictment by a jury in Nov. 2018, after a five-day trial.            This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Novaline D. Wilson and Elisa C. Dimas prosecuted the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/. Mormon Church Salt Lake Trib 2018/04/12   Navajo nation weighs jurisdiction of sexual abuse lawsuits at mormon church https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2018/04/12/navajo-nation-judge-weighs-jurisdiction-of-sexual-abuse-lawsuits- against-mormon-church/ Gallup, N.M. • A Navajo Nation judge is weighing whether sexual abuse lawsuits against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints should proceed a The Daily Beast 2017: Lawsuit Mormons sexually abused navajo foster children. Two Navajo siblings say a foster program that placed Native American children with white Mormon families failed to intervene and stop years of alleged abuse. https://www.thedailybeast.com/lawsuit-mormons-sexually-abused-navajo-foster-children NEC dot Navajo Navajo Women and Abuse: The Context for their troubled relationships. http://www.nec.navajo- nsn.gov/Portals/0/NN%20Research/Psychosocial/2005_%20Navajo%20women%20and%20abuse- the%20context%20for%20their%20troubled%20relationships.pdf In this article, on the basis of interviews with seven Navajo women, the author discusses the Navajo woman’s perspective on domestic violence. These discussions rev eal several factors that distinguish the Navajo woman’s experienceof abuse from that of the Anglo woman.These factors are examined in light of historical and contemporary understandings of the Navajo world. Three cultural elements can help us understand the Navajo woman’s experience of abuse: the cultural concept of h´ozh´o, the searing tale (in the Creation Story) of the quarrel between First Man and First Woman, a quarrel that brought great tragedy to the people; and the Kina´ald´a, the female puberty rite. It is the author’s argument that these facets of the Navajo culture, in addition to Western explanations for women’s staying with abusive partners, are powerful contributors to the Navajo woman’s understanding of abuse in her life and if we are to develop successful techniques for intervention, we must consider these elements as well as those of the dominant culture. Albuquerque Journal  2020/01/10   New Mexico rethinks sex offender registry eluded by epstein.  By Morgan Lee. https://www.abqjournal.com/1408627/new-mexico-rethinks-sex-offender-registry-eluded-by-epstein.html Updates:  2020/05/24 added Law Enforcement sexual abuse/rape partial list; 2019/06/07 page started.
Sex Abuse: New Mexico Police Rapes, Sexual Predators List, etc.