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Judge Again Denies Release Motion for Man Accused of Rape

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State district judge cites Questa man’s ties to Mexico in denying motion

A state district judge has for the second time in about five months denied release from jail for a Questa man accused of raping a young girl and attempting to rape her mother, The Taos News reported.

Miguel Ramirez, 21, has been in custody for more than a year, the newspaper said.

The man’s new attorney, public defender Darryl Bouchard, wanted Ramirez’ bond re-set at a $50,000 property bond with electronic monitoring as an added condition, The News reported. Bouchard said the property bond would come from one of Ramirez’ relatives, who owns and operates the Questa Cafe.

Judge Sam Sanchez denied the motion to reconsider conditions of release on Jan. 4, the newspaper said. The judge cited, as he had in denying Ramirez’ first release motion in August, Ramirez’ ties to Mexico.


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The newspaper reported that a deadline for arguments is set for mid-May, when Deputy District Attorney Jeff McElroy said the state will be ready to go to trial on both cases.

Ramirez is charged with aggravated burglary, attempted sexual penetration and false imprisonment in the alleged rape of a woman in her home in October 2008, and is charged in the second case with two counts of criminal sexual penetration and two counts of criminal sexual contact against a child, according to The News.