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SANTA FE – Child rape charges against a woman and her boyfriend were dropped on the first day of their trial because the victim denied any sexual abuse while testifying.
The joined trials for Ezekiel Maestas and Jamie Martinez, both 32, began Tuesday in Tierra Amarilla District Court.
Martinez was accused of holding down an 8-year-old close family relative while Maestas raped the boy in spring 2018. They both faced one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13, while Maestas also faced one count of possession of a controlled substance.