A former high school basketball coach is facing two charges of rape for allegedly have sex with two students, one of whom was 14 at the at the time. This was not a case of an older teenager in a romance with someone just a few years younger. The coach was 29 and 30 years old when the alleged crimes took place.
Dominick Baca, who was an assistant coach in the strong Pecos High hoops program, was charged in April 2018. Pending trial, he was placed on house arrest with a GPS monitor, but was allowed to go to and from work at a Velarde business. He wasn’t supposed to leave Santa Fe or Rio Arriba counties.
But it turns out that, at least since November, Baca had been running around northern New Mexico, from Albuquerque to Taos to Las Vegas, having fun and being in the vicinity of a lot of children in the same age group as his alleged rape victims.
He visited an Albuquerque Hooters, went to a Santa Fe tattoo parlor and a Super Bowl party, attended the state basketball tournament in The Pit where the team he used to coach won another state championship, played in an adult league basketball tournament in Taos and a league in Las Vegas, and visited a couple of high school campuses.