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Physician assistant accused of sexually abusing child, deputies say

James Beverly, 47 (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque physician’s assistant was arrested Monday for repeated sexual abuse of a young relative in northeast Albuquerque, according to a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Deputy Felicia Maggard said James Beverly, 47, is charged with criminal sexual contact for abusing a child between March and August.

“James is an active physician’s assistant and has contact with minors due to his place of employment,” Maggard said.

Beverly was arrested at his family practice office in Cedar Crest, she said. He also was arrested in 2001, in Colorado, for enticement of a child.

Maggard did not have additional details on that arrest.

A motion for preventative detention, filed by prosecutors in Metropolitan Court on Monday, claimed Beverly is a convicted sex offender in Utah and, in his job, treats “children of the same age as the victim.”

According to the motion, Beverly was convicted in Utah when he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old child. The motion does not state when that conviction occurred.

“His history of a conviction in Utah coupled with his new crimes this year make him a flight risk,” the document says. Beverly is in custody at the Metropolitan Detention Center on a no-bond hold.