Judge: Man ac­cused of mo­lest­ing rel­a­tive free un­til trial

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL& REGION -

RIO RAN­CHO — A New Mex­ico judge has ruled that a man ac­cused of in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing a rel­a­tive can be re­leased from jail as he awaits trial.

The Al­bu­querque Jour­nal re­ported that the rul­ing for 63-year-old Win­ston Scates came Fri­day in Rio Ran­cho, where ac­cu­sa­tions that he in­ap­pro­pri­ately touched a fam­ily mem­ber emerged dur­ing a sep­a­rate po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice said that in­ves­ti­ga­tion — into the killing and sex­ual as­sault of a 6-year-old girl — led to the ar­rest of 21-year-old Le­land Hust, the sole per­son author­i­ties have iden­ti­fied as fac­ing charges in the child’s death.

Po­lice said the girl, her mother, and Hust had been liv­ing in Scates’ home.

The charge against Scates is crim­i­nal sex­ual con­tact of a mi­nor stem­ming from ac­cu­sa­tions he mo­lested a rel­a­tive.

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