Clovis Man Convicted of Nineteen Counts of Sexual Crimes against Children
Faces a Possible Sentence of 199 Years in Prison
Clovis, NM. ~ Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Arnold Armenta, age 40, was found guilty by a jury of eighteen counts of 2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under the age of 13 and one count of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Child under the age of 13. The jury trial began on Monday morning and concluded today with closing arguments. The jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes before returning the 19 guilty verdicts.
Arnold Armenta was released from the New Mexico State Department of Corrections in December 2005 after serving a prison sentence for a prior Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor. After Armenta’s release, two children from Clovis under the age of 13 reported that Armenta sexually abused them for a period of time between the dates of December 2005 and January 2006. The Curry County Sheriff’s Department opened an investigation on the alleged sexual abuse, and in August of 2006 Curry County Sheriff’s Investigator Waldo Casarez issued an arrest warrant for Armenta based upon the allegations and the evidence obtained in the case.
Chief Deputy District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, prosecuted the case for the State. The Honorable Stephen Quinn presided over the case. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled in the 30 to 60 days, where Armenta faces a maximum of one hundred and ninety-nine (199) years in the Department of Corrections for his convictions.
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