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.