Aaron M. Coriz, 22, a member of Kewa Pueblo who resides in Taos, pleaded guilty Wednesday to an indictment charging him with intentional child abuse under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
During the hearing, Coriz admitted abusing an Indian child under the age of 12 years on April 21, 2010.
He admitted punishing the child by striking the buttocks, back, hips and legs with his hands, resulting in redness, raised skin, and bruising on those areas of the child’s body, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Coriz committed this offense on Kewa Pueblo land.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Coriz faces up to six months in prison, followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.
Following his arrest on Nov. 27, Coriz was released to a half-way house and remains on conditions of release pending his sentencing hearing, which is yet to be scheduled.