SANTA FE, N.M. — Former Jemez Springs police chief Shane Harger – fired by the town in February for “questions of judgment” – has been indicted on criminal sexual penetration and other charges, according to the New Mexico State Police.
A 19-year-old woman filed a complaint in January after she and three men were stopped by police in Jemez Springs. The woman was taken from the car to the police station for three hours, which is when the rape allegedly occurred, according to State Police.
State Police investigated and “over the course of the investigation it was determined that a sexual act did occur with the 19-year-old victim,” police spokesman Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez said.
The case was forwarded to the Sandoval County District Attorney’s Office, and a grand jury indicted Harger on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration, criminal sexual contact and extortion on Thursday.