17-year-old Portales boy facing sexual assault charge

Freedom New Mexico

A 17-year-old Portales boy was arrested Tuesday, accused of sexually assaulting a girl at Portales High School.

Jesus Najera was arrested on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and taken to Curry County Juvenile Detention Center, according to Portales Police Department records.

According to police reports:

• On March 15, an officer spoke to the victim at Portales High School.

• The girl said she got off her bus and was going to the cafeteria for breakfast when Najera, who she identified as a friend, asked her to follow him to the gym.

• When they were in the doorway of the gym, the girl said, Najera pushed her against the wall, kissed her and forced down her pants.

• She wouldn’t go into further detail, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners exam was arranged, and an investigation was conducted.

Najera’s family declined comment.