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MDC guard charged with rape

Johnny Reveles, 22

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A guard at the West Side jail is accused of raping a female inmate early Monday, and has now gone from overseeing inmates to being one of them.

The guard, 22-year-old Johnny Reveles, is charged with criminal sexual penetration.

MDC spokeswoman Candace Hopkins confirmed that Reveles was fired Tuesday.

“Due to the ongoing investigations, no further details can be released at this time,” Hopkins said.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, the inmate reported the rape during a hearing in District Court on Monday.

The inmate told deputies that Reveles went to her cell around 1 a.m. Monday and “told her she had left something in the shower.”

Deputies say the inmate went with Reveles, believing maybe it was drugs because “she knows sometimes the (corrections officer) will smuggle the inmates narcotics.”

The inmate told deputies that Reveles “encouraged” her into a closet, near the showers, and the two had sex.

Deputies say surveillance tapes show Reveles and the inmate going into the closet for “approximately five minutes.”

During questioning, Reveles told deputies the sex was consensual.

“I asked (Reveles) if relations between a corrections officer and inmate could be consensual and he stated it could not,” a deputy wrote in the complaint.

Because Reveles is a former jail guard, Hopkins said he is being held in a medical unit used for “high-profile inmates” that limits interactions with other inmates.

She said Reveles had worked as a guard since October but couldn’t say whether any prior complaints had been filed against him.