Portales man arrested in child sex case

CNJ Staff A Portales man has been arrested for criminal sexual communication with a child after chatting online in an illicit manner with an officer posing as a 13-year-girl, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office.

Former deputy sentenced for failure to register as sex offender

CNJ staff A former Roosevelt County deputy was sentenced to almost six years in prison Tuesday for failing to register as a sex offender and violating probation, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Raymond Gates, 49, must remain in prison until June 7, 2013, the release said. Gates pleaded guilty to […]

Sex offender captured in Texas

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers A convicted Roosevelt County sex offender was captured last week in Texas after he was profiled on the TV show “America’s Most Wanted,” according to Roosevelt County Sheriff Darren Hooker. Raymond Gates, 48, was arrested on outstanding warrants from Roosevelt and Curry counties. He is charged with failure to comply […]

Woman handed 12 years for sexually exploiting children

By CNJ Staff A 43-year-old Clovis woman was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty for her role in sexually exploiting children, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office. Peggy Baker was seen on a homemade video coercing a 13-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and pose nude […]

Officials pushing Halloween safety

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Area law enforcement agencies are determined to limit contact Tuesday between convicted sex offenders and Halloween trick-or-treaters. Sex offenders on probation in Curry County will be required to post a sign identifying their residence as a home of a sex offender, according to Curry County probation and parole supervisor […]

Council tackles teen pregnancy at forum

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony BullocksSallie Foster, chairman of the Maternal and Child Health Council of Curry County, gives the opening presentation during Thursday’s Teen Pregnancy Summit at the Clovis Civic Center. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence poured from the women in the room: A social service agent whose youngest client is a pregnant […]

Sex offender guilty of failng to register

CNJ Staff A sex offender was found guilty of failing to register by a Clovis jury Monday afternoon. Immediately following the verdict, 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker gave Elmer Ray Burke the maximum sentence of 18 months imprisonment with the Department of Corrections, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. Because of […]

Field mice can be difficult to exterminate

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Here at the Old Reporters’ Retirement Home, I’m spicing up each day by writing a horror story. It’s a TV documentary inspired by an actual event. Hollywood will love it. It’ll star Arnold Schwarzenegger. I call it “Gnaws.” The actual event went like this: We remodeled our house one time, […]

Clovis repairment sentence for child sex crime

CNJ staff A Clovis repairman was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to sexual contact with a child, according to a press release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. In August 2004, an 11-year-old female told a social worker that William Denham, 39, a repairman at Sunrise Edition Trailer […]

Outlook optimistic for today’s teens

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist If you take a look at mass media aimed at teenagers, you start to see a pattern. What topic suffuses teenage prime-time dramas? Sex. Movies aimed at high school boys? Violence. Music popular among the SAT-taking crowd? Sex and violence. You’ve noticed, and the scholars at the medical journal Pediatrics […]

Former Roosevelt deputy sentenced to five years

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Editor’s note: The Clovis News-Journal does not routinely name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the victim has agreed to be publicly identified. A former Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday for having sex with a female inmate. Gary Adkins, 47, was convicted […]

Openness leads to decline in sex crimes

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated Columnist Predators on the Internet, priests molesting children, Duke lacrosse players accused of rape — judging from the news or TV crime dramas, sexual assault appears to be an endless national epidemic. So powerful is this impression that when evidence emerges to suggest otherwise, Americans may have trouble believing their eyes. […]

Sex offender oversight caught early locally

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Only one local case was affected by a statewide oversight that led to approximately 100 convicted sex offenders receiving parole periods shorter than they should have. The state Corrections Department has identified more than 100 cases in which sex offenders weren’t given the proper amount of probation or parole […]

Conservatives in danger of giving up values

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist Conservatives, almost by definition, have an appreciation of the past: They want to conserve valuable traditions and principles. But one of the paradoxes of many people who go by that name is they are forgetting essential precepts of their own philosophy. Their current eagerness to amend the U.S. Constitution, not […]

Police accuse Clovis man of sexual contact with teen

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A 49-year-old Clovis man accused of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy was arrested Thursday, according to police. Paul Bergman was charged with four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, three counts of sexual contact of a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. […]

House, Senate pass bill to aid uninsured

The Associated Press SANTA FE — The state Human Services Department would set up a program to help buy health insurance for children of the working poor under legislation endorsed by both the House and the Senate on Tuesday. The bills are backed by the Richardson administration as one way to tackle the problem of […]

Clovis man sentenced for sex with 13-year-old

CNJ STAFF A 29-year-old Clovis man Friday to six years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, according to a release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The victim told police about the two and a-half month relationship in 2005, and said she met Joe Garcia in 2005 at a […]

1/25 Letters to the editor

Parental care missing in suspect’s life Hold the phone! According to the article in Thursday’s CNJ, (“Suspect’s brother: Infant death accidental”), Benito Valdez was 12 years old when he started dating a 15-year-old girl. Within three years, they had their first child. That made him a father at 15 years, while the mother was 18. […]

Texans voting on gay marriage amendment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eighty Bailey County residents had cast their vote by Friday afternoon on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in their state, according to court Clerk Paula Benton. Texas statutes already prohibit same-sex marriage, but the constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as a union only between one […]

Morning-after pill sparks debate

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Pharmacist Bob Addison of Fort Sumner leads the Emergency Contraception seminar at Plains Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It wasn’t until Joan Sanford held her baby daughter in her arms that her world-view, and pro-choice convictions, crystallized. “Something about having a daughter made me feel my responsibility […]