Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Liz Wooley, left, and Amber Hamilton of Sexual Assault Services look over new curriculum for their sexual abuse support group which meets regularly in Clovis. Wooley said giving sexual assault survivors a structured environment helps them to feel safe along with imagery exercises to help develop a safe place in […]

Tucumcari sexual harassment complaint settled out of court

Freedom New Mexico Tucumcari Public Schools has awarded employee Diane Trujillo $28,000 in an out-of-court settlement stemming from her sexual harassment complaint against former school principal David Castillo and her allegations that school district officials retaliated against her for filing the complaint. According to court records released by Tucumcari Public Schools at the request of […]

Former Dora coach charged with sexual contact with student

Freedom New Mexico A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while […]

Portales mechanic facing child porn charges

Sharna Johnson A Portales mechanic has been charged with possessing child pornography. David L. Payton, 43, of Portales was arrested Thursday and charged with six counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession, according to a new release from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. He would face a maximum sentence of nine years if convicted. […]

Official attributes increase in sexual assault exams to growing awareness

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners report an increase in exams during the month of October. Sharna Johnson October saw a spike in the number of sexual assault exams performed in Curry County, a dynamic Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Director Amber Hamilton attributes to increased awareness. Hamilton said SANE nurses conducted 19 […]

Finding perfect wine featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on preventing sexual violence, determining your wine personality and talking about forgiveness will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Amber Hamilton will discuss ways to prevent sexual violence and talk about how to educate parents and guardians on tools to help […]

More charges added to airman’s child porn case

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff re-arrested a Cannon Air Force Base airman Friday, charging him with an additional 100 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Zebulon Benne, 24, was first arrested Aug. 5 and charged with 50 counts of sexual exploitation of children and 10 counts of manufacturing child pornography. Sheriff’s investigators said while executing […]

Civil suit filed against former Tucumcari parole, probation supervisor

Freedom New Mexico A civil lawsuit filed by a Tucumcari woman against a former state parole and probation supervisor accuses him of sexual harassment and discrimination. Diana Cassidy, a state employee, alleges Benjamin Rex Allison, also of Tucumcari, used racial slurs against herself and clients and made inappropriate sexual remarks. Cassidy said Allison would mispronounce […]

10/25 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. Oct. 14 an officer responded to a school in the 1900 block of Thornton Street for a report of criminal sexual contact. The principal said he had been contacted by an assistant principal from another campus regarding a female […]

Clovis man sentenced to 18 years on molestation charge

CNJ staff A 36-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for molesting a 10-year-old child. Nick Trujillo was found guilty May 1 of criminal sexual contact with a minor, according to a release from the district attorney’s office. In January 2008, a 10-year-old girl told her aunt and father that her […]

Press release: Clovis man sentenced to 18 years for criminal sexual contact of a minor

Matthew Chandler, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced today that Nick Trujillo, age 36, was sentenced to eighteen (18) years in the Department of Corrections for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor, a second degree felony.

Clovis man arrested for child pornography

CNJ staff report A 20-year-old Clovis man was arrested Wednesday on charges of sexual exploitation of children. Jeremy J. Montano turned himself in to Curry County Sheriff’s investigators and was jailed in lieu of $25,000 bond. He is charged with five counts possession of child pornography. Undersheriff Wesley Waller said an investigation of Montano began […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of child solicitation

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Courtesy photo Henry Thompson is charged with soliciting a child by electronic device after police said he text messaged a 13-year-old girl from his church’s youth group. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Police arrested a 54-year-old Clovis man Sunday after intercepting sexually-explicit communication he is accused of having with a 13-year-old girl. Officials said […]

Clovis man gets 18 years for child porn

A 48-year-old Clovis man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in prison for child pornography. The sentence was part of a plea agreement between prosecutors and Elijah McClain. He was originally charged with 98 counts of sexual exploitation of children and exploitation with intent to distribute. McClain pled guilty to 21 counts of sexual exploitation […]

Clovis man arrested, charged with sexual exploitation of children

A Clovis man was arrested Friday night on charges of sexual exploitation of children, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. Jimmy Montano, 25, of Clovis is being held on a $30,000 cash bond at the Curry County Detention Center. He was charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of children, both […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of exploiting children

A 20-year-old Clovis man has been arrested and charged with 18 counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. According to the release: • The office searched the residence of Louis Garcia, 20, on Las Palomas Road on Monday with assistance from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office […]

Clovis man arrested on child pornography charges

CNJ staff A 25-year-old Clovis man was arrested Friday after police discovered child pornography on his home computer. Virgil Garcia was charged with 16 counts of sexual exploitation of children and is being held on $81,500 bond. Curry County Sheriff’s deputies, with the assistance of Clovis police, served a search warrant at Garcia’s residence at […]

Letter to the editor: Sexual preference doesn’t matter

I have always considered myself musically inclined. Since I was a little girl, my family has been musical, whether we are listening to music, singing or playing it ourselves. I love all genres and enjoy various different artists. Since the first time I saw Adam Lambert I knew he was special. This season of “American […]

Sexual offender encounter unsettling

By Anita Tedaldi: CNJ columnist I try not to judge someone when I first meet them, but I couldn’t help myself when I saw this man at my neighbor’s daughter’s birthday party. He looked scary. The neighbor introduced him as an ‘uncle.’ He had long white hair in a pony tail, blue eyes and a […]

Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]