Delivery alert

There may be an issue with the delivery of your newspaper. This alert will expire at NaN. Click here for more info.

Recover password

State Police officer accused of sexual assault

Copyright © 2019 Albuquerque Journal

A New Mexico State Police officer, who also was an assistant soccer coach, is under investigation after a former female high school student reported earlier this month that he sexually assaulted her.

The officer, Adrian Molina, has not been charged. He was an assistant coach with the Grants High School girl’s soccer team when the alleged sexual assault occurred against an 18-year-old. He no longer coaches at the school.

Efforts to reach Molina were unsuccessful.

Mark Soriano, a State Police spokesman, said Molina has been placed on administrative leave and Chief Tim Johnson has opened an internal affairs investigation into the matter.

“Every officer who puts on the New Mexico State Police uniform is held to a high standard,” Soriano said. “(State Police) strives to ensure our personnel are accountable to the public we serve. This service must be done with the upmost integrity and honesty.”

David Chavez, a spokesman for Grants Police Department, said the department began investigating after an 18-year-old former student reported the alleged sexual assault Aug. 7.

He did not give any further details, citing the ongoing investigation, but said the department expects it to be wrapped up by next week. He noted that criminal charges are possible.

The Superintendent of Grants Schools, Max Perez, said in a statement that the coach was denied a contract to coach this year and is banned from school property and all school events.

Perez said three additional employees resigned after it was discovered that they had “prior knowledge of the matter,” and the issue has been turned over to the New Mexico Public Education Department for review.

“The school district is first committed to the student, and it will take the action necessary and the action required by law to protect its students and stop and prosecute those that would attempt to harm them,” Perez said in the statement.

Subscribe now! Albuquerque Journal limited-time offer

Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email or Contact the writer.