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Santa Fe artist charged in child sex case

SANTA FE – Santa Fe artist Michael Allen Gurule has been charged with criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 and criminal sexual contact of a minor for allegedly sexually assaulting his friend’s 10-year-old daughter.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Gurule assaulted the girl on May 26 while Gurule was babysitting her. Afterward, the girl told police that Gurule told her “don’t tell anyone, or else,” the affidavit states.

The girl’s mother says Gurule would look after her daughter while she was at work and had feared for their safety because Gurule “is a prominent artist in Santa Fe and would be willing to do anything to keep it from getting out that he is a child molester.”

Gurule was booked into the Santa Fe County jail on Saturday and released Monday on a $10,000 unsecured bond, according to jail records.