SANTA FE — A second sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against former Española mayor Richard Lucero, this one from an alleged victim who says Lucero drugged him and raped him multiple times when he was a boy starting in the late 1960s.
The new suit follows one from July which accuses Lucero, who served 22 years as mayor off and on between 1968 and 2006 and who is now about 85 years old, of sexually abusing the son of a former employee starting in the mid-1980s. Lucero has denied those allegations.
Attorney Robert Gorence of Albuquerque, representing Lucero in the first suit, said Friday he hadn’t been served with the new filing by attorneys from the Rothstein Donatelli law firm.
According to the latest suit filed his week in state District Court in Santa Fe, Lucero was in a leadership position at a Boy Scouts camp and began “targeting” the alleged victim there, then recruited the boy into an Española-area youth group. The plaintiff, is identified only as “John Doe,” also worked for Lucero at his Country Farm Supply store in Española, the suit says.
The first rape occurred while Lucero and the plaintiff were on a road trip to Colorado, the suit maintains. Lucero stopped at a store in a small town near the Colorado border and came out with two beverages. He gave one to the plaintiff.
“Upon drinking the beverage provided by Defendant Lucero, Plaintiff got drowsy, and passed out for at least an hour,” the suit says. “It was very unusual for Plaintiff to fall asleep under circumstances such as those because, being an impressionable young man from Rio Arriba County, he was vigilant to maintain an eye on his surroundings.”