RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A 15-year-old girl has accused a Rio Rancho man of raping her after she let him stay in her room because she felt sorry for him.
Joseph T. Smith, 22, of Rio Rancho, is charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor and assault.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Sandoval County Magistrate Court, officers were called about 8:15 p.m. Aug. 14. A woman told officers a man jumped from her 15-year-old daughter's bedroom window, threatened her and ran away with her husband chasing him.
The girl at first seemed startled and unwilling to divulge much information, according to the complaint.
She said she knew Smith through a friend at school and snuck him into her parents' house because he was homeless.
The girl said she helped Smith sneak back out of the house when a friend was coming to pick him up, but her mother saw him jump out the window.
Then, the 15-year-old pulled officers aside to talk without her parents hearing.
She started crying and said she'd been covering for Smith with her story before.
The girl said she felt bad for Smith because his roommates kicked him out, and she let him stay at her parents' house.
During that day, the girl told officers, Smith repeatedly and sometimes lewdly tried to convince her to have sex. She told him "no" every time and began feeling intimidated and uncomfortable.
Eventually, they lay on her bed and watched a movie. The girl told police Smith began pressing her for sex again. As she continued to say no, he touched her inappropriately, held her down as she resisted and raped her.
When she began to cry, the girl said, Smith covered her mouth and told her to be quiet so she didn't alarm her parents. He then threw her on the floor, causing minor injuries to her arms, and raped her again, she told officers.
Afterward, the girl said, she told Smith to leave. He jumped out her window and she threw his backpack and cell phone to him.
The girl's mother took her to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Office in Albuquerque, and officers collected clothes and sheets as evidence.