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Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Board voted unanimously to recommend that a former police spokesman be suspended 80 hours for lying to the Journal about the department’s handling of a tip that a man tried to kiss Victoria Martens months before the 10-year-old was raped and killed.
The board also voted that a department spokeswoman receive a letter of reprimand for her role in the spread of misinformation. And it said it will recommend that Albuquerque Police Department develop a policy for handling referrals from the Children, Youth and Families Department.
In January 2017, officer Fred Duran told a Journal reporter that APD detectives had investigated and interviewed Victoria and her mother after getting a tip from CYFD that an adult man had tried to kiss Victoria.
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