Dec. 4

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS -

James Brown, mo­tion to con­tinue – Taos District Court, Court­room A, Judge Sarah Backus

A child sex­ual abuse case sched­uled to go to trial this week against Brown, 43, of Peñasco has been post­poned.

The trial was de­layed after Judge Backus ap­proved a mo­tion for a con­tin­u­ance from the 8th Ju­di­cial District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice. In the mo­tion, state pros­e­cu­tor John Lovelace noted that a foren­sic sci­en­tist set to tes­tify at trial would be un­avail­able this week.

The trial was to de­ter­mine whether Brown be­gan a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with the ju­ve­nile in March 2016.

Brown was ar­rested on Oct. 3, 2017 on 12 counts, in­clud­ing three counts of crim­i­nal sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion of a mi­nor in the first de­gree, three in the sec­ond de­gree, three in the third de­gree and three in the fourth de­gree.

The Río Ar­riba County Sher­iff’s Of­fice ini­ti­ated the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged abuse, but later re­quested that New Mex­ico State Po­lice take charge of the case.

Ev­i­dence ob­tained dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion al­legedly in­di­cates that Brown had sex­u­ally as­saulted a 15-yearold girl “at least (30) dif­fer­ent times since March 2016,” ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from state po­lice.

For more on this case, re­fer to our past cov­er­age on­line at bit.ly/2E3gK5l.

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