Dec. 4

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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