ALAMOGORDO – A 35-year-old Chaparral man was sentenced in 12th Judicial District Court to 51 years in prison Monday for molesting his step-daughter in 2016, according to a District Attorney’s Office press release.
An Otero County jury found Carlos Pacheco guilty of first-degree felony criminal sexual penetration of a minor (child under 13) and second-degree felony criminal sexual contact of a minor following a two-day trial in November 2018.
In the release, 12th Judical District Attorney John P. Sugg stated Pacheco will be required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of the 51-year sentence because each offense is considered a serious violent offense under New Mexico law.
If Pacheco lives long enough to become eligible for parole, Pacheco will be required to serve an indeterminate parole term of a minimum of 5 years up to the rest of Pacheco’s life. Pacheco will also be required to register as a sex offender for life, Sugg wrote in the release.
In January 2016, Otero County Sheriff’s Office deputies were investigating a criminal damage to property case in Chaparral when a woman reported to the deputies that her daughter may have been molested her husband, Pacheco, the child’s stepfather, Sugg wrote in the release.
OCSO deputy Ken Funk arranged for the child, who was 8 years old at the time, to undergo safe house interviews in both Las Cruces and Alamogordo.
In the release, Sugg stated the child was also taken for a medical exam that revealed evidence of sexual trauma.
The child reported that the abuse started when the family lived in Odessa, Texas, then continued when the family lived Juarez, Mexico. The abuse continued in January 2016 after the family moved to Chaparral, but the child did not initially report the abuse because she was afraid her stepfather, Pacheco, would hurt her, Sugg wrote in the release.
At trial, the state represented by Chief Deputy District Attorney Scot Key, called Dr. Jana Williams, of Las Cruces, to testify as an expert witness.
Dr. Williams provided crucial testimony debunking the myths regarding delayed reporting in sexual abuse cases, Sugg wrote in the release.
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