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Local man accused of raping girls for years

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — A Rio Rancho man is charged with raping and inappropriately touching three girls repeatedly between 1992 and 2012.

A Sandoval County grand jury on July 31 indicted Gary Briceno, 56, on 13 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, nine counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor and two counts of intimidation of a witness, according to court documents.

Briceno is charged with molesting the girls at different times, when each was younger than 18 and sometimes younger than 13. The intimidation charges refer to an alleged July 21 incident.

Briceno’s arraignment is set for Sept. 8.

His attorney didn’t return a phone call seeking comment.

The police report isn’t yet available because the case is still under investigation.