Peñasco man pleads guilty to rap­ing teen

The Taos News - - COPS, CRIME, COURTS - By John Miller [email protected]­

A Peñasco man ad­mit­ted he raped a 14-year-old girl mul­ti­ple times from March 2016 to Septem­ber 2017 Thurs­day (Dec. 13) in Taos Dis­trict Court.

James Brown, 44, a for­mer em­ployee with the New Mex­ico Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion, pleaded guilty to three counts of crim­i­nal sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion in the third de­gree, all third-de­gree felonies, as part of a plea agree­ment reached Thurs­day with the 8th Ju­di­cial Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice.

The charges carry a to­tal max­i­mum sen­tence of 18 years in prison, ac­cord­ing to New Mex­ico statutes. Brown will be listed as a sex of­fender as part of the agree­ment.

New Mex­ico State Po­lice ar­rested Brown in Oc­to­ber 2017, charg­ing him with nine other counts of crim­i­nal sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion, three in the first de­gree, which were dropped as part of the agree­ment.

A sen­tenc­ing hear­ing will be held within the next 45 days, a de­lay that frus­trated fam­ily mem­bers of the teen vic­tim who at­tended Thurs­day’s plea con­fer­ence.

The vic­tim’s boyfriend re­ported the crimes to state po­lice in Oc­to­ber 2017, telling them that Brown had raped his girl­friend, who was then 14, some­where be­tween 25-30 times, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The crimes be­gan soon af­ter Brown be­gan dat­ing the mother of the vic­tim. The young girl re­ported in in­ter­views with a foren­sic nurse that the 44-year-old would rape her in his trailer and some­times in his truck.

She and her mother are both ex­pected to speak about their ex­pe­ri­ences at Brown’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, which had not been set as of Wed­nes­day (Dec. 19).

John Miller

James Brown, 44, of Peñasco pleaded guilty to three counts of crim­i­nal sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion Thurs­day (Dec. 13) as part of a plea deal re­lated to the rape of a 14-year-old girl in 2016 and 2017.

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