John Rael, plea conference – Taos District Court, Courtroom B, Judge Jeff McElroy
Rael, a former coach with the Questa School District, accepted a plea agreement this week in a case that had charged him with raping a 14-year-old girl in 2016.
The former Rio Rancho resident pleaded no contest to two counts of an eightcount indictment, including bribery of a witness, a third-degree felony, and false imprisonment, a fourth-degree felony. The other six counts, which included two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor in the first degree, were dismissed.
For more on this case, refer to our coverage in this week’s paper and our past coverage online at bit. ly/2t5wxtf.