Experts offer safety advice to ENMU students

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University police officers, counselors and self-defense experts have spent the last week trying to help students stay alert, safe and aware of their surroundings. ENMU representatives held personal safety workshops on the heels of a couple of recent alleged sexual assault incidents involving two ENMU female students, […]

Portales Police investigating another rape

PNT Staff Portales police are investigating a second sexual assault in just over a month. According to police reports, at 12:47 p.m. last Wednesday an 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University female student went to the police department to report a sexual assault that occurred at 1 a.m. that morning. According to the report, police interviewed […]

Police release report on Oct. 6 sexual assault in Portales

PNT Staff Editor’s note: This story contains content about a sexual assault that some may find offensive. Portales police on Tuesday released incident reports pertaining to a sexual assault case that may have led to the distribution of fliers warning of a rapist around the campus of Eastern New Mexico University. According to the reports, […]

Officials say rape fliers misleading public

Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Fliers and e-mails are being distributed around the Eastern New Mexico University campus warning students about a rapist. Police said the information may be misleading. The flier warns: “Women … There is a rapist in town … May have already assaulted two or more women in the Portales community. Still […]

Seminar explores online sex crimes

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Sexual predators eyeing young children no longer need a crowbar and a window to get into a child’s room. All they need is a computer. Organizers of the Ensuring Children’s Online Protection held a seminar for Portales residents in the Pecos Room on the Eastern New Mexico University campus […]

D.A. says Internet is not the babysitter

By David Irvin: Freedom Newspapers It’s a murky place full of sexual solicitations, false identities and a cascade of pornographic material. According to officials at the district attorney’s office, Internet chat rooms can be a dangerous place for children, and too many parents aren’t aware their kids frequent them. “There are parents out there who […]

Portales man found guilty of numerous sex crime counts

PNT Staff Ernesto Hernandez, 37, of Portales, was convicted Tuesday of 16 different felony counts, most involving sex crimes with a minor, according to a news release from District Attorney Brett Carter. Hernandez was convicted on 10 counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 and five counts of criminal sexual penetration of […]

Tucumcari jailer accused of sex crimes

William Thompson TUCUMCARI — Robert Gonzales, the Quay County detention center employee charged with criminal sexual conduct involving minors, will be arraigned in 10th Judicial District Court soon, according to Nancy English, an attorney for the district attorney’s office. One of the alleged victims has ties to Portales, and claimed the jailer made sexual advances […]

Rape suspect reports to Curry County jail for testing

Darrell Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com A 21-year-old accused of sexual assault reported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday evening for 60 days of sexual offender diagnostic testing. John Jacobs faces up to 18 months in state prison after entering into a plea agreement with prosecutors to one count […]

Detainees accuse jailer of sex-crimes

Ryan Lengerich l Check of one alleged victim’s past shows no history of false allegations By Ryan Lengerich Freedom Newspapers Ryan_Lengerich@link.freedom.com TUCUMCARI — A Quay County Juvenile Detention Center officer was arrested Monday and charged with sex-related crimes against three juvenile detainees, police said. Robert Gonzales, 27, of Tucumcari was arrested and charged with two […]