Portales city councilor ‘disgusted’ about former police officer

Portales city councilor Keith Thomas said Saturday he was disgusted when he learned about felony charges against former Portales police officer Victor Castillo.

Castillo, charged Friday with 31 felonies, is accused of maintaining a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl he met while serving as the department's school resource officer.

Castillo maintains his innocence and his attorney Kirk Chavez said he has cooperated with New Mexico State Police and District Attorney Matt Chandler.

"Most people know how I feel right now, this makes me sick to my stomach," Thomas said. "I want to wait because I have to ask people some questions. I want to know who allowed a wolf to guard our sheep?"

Thomas added that he's beyond furious with the situation because of the position Castillo held.

"I have a daughter and I know a lot of people that have daughters that went through that school," Thomas said "We let our community down. This is not an embarrassment, this is an atrocity."

Other city councilors said they are waiting to learn more about the case. They said they expected the subject would dominate Tuesday's city council meeting.

"I don't have a comment at this time," said Ward C councilor Leo Lovett. "I wish I knew more."

Ward B councilor Matthew Hunton said he wanted to wait and see what happens when Castillo goes to trial before commenting.

"It's uncomfortable knowing that this guy (Castillo) was around lots of students, knowing he's being accused of this," Hunton said. "There's more to comment and more to say once due process has taken its course."

Efforts to reach other city councilors and Mayor Sharon King on Saturday were not successful.

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