Portales man’s trial set

Portales resident Daniel Webster will be tried in court Sept. 27 for charges of criminal sexual contact of a minor, a fourth degree felony. New Mexico State Police conducted an investigation after Webster was accused of inappropriately touching two female minors. Webster was arrested Sept. 1 and released Sept. 6 on a $5,000 bond.

Support group reaches out to sexual assault survivors

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Alisa Boswell Members of a new support group in Clovis and Portales hope their program run by Sexual Assault Services of Eastern New Mexico will help sexual assault survivors find peace and acceptance. According to program Administrator Amber Hamilton, the group held its first six- to eight-week session in Portales in early spring. The program’s […]

Former Dora coached charged for sexual misconduct

PNT Reports A former Dora Consolidated School coach has been charged with having sexual contact with a student athlete, according to the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. Amber Shaw, 28, is charged with criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact with a minor, both fourth-degree felonies. Chief Deputy Malin Parker said several years ago, while Shaw […]

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, […]

My turn: Time to stop reacting to political pundits

Janice Morrow, a Portales resident who consults on media matters, and I recently discussed the state of political discourse. Here are her thoughts: They are a new breed of shock jocks. Instead of offensive sexual innuendo and toilet humor, they — the right and left — practice theatrical political rhetoric. And, the media is only […]

Press Release: Portales man faces child porn charges

On Friday April 23, 2010, Christopher M. Kelley, 40, of Portales was arrested and charged with 35 counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Possession, a fourth degree felony, and 17 Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children by Manufacturing, a 2nd degree felony.

Finding perfect wine featured on show

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on preventing sexual violence, determining your wine personality and talking about forgiveness will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Amber Hamilton will discuss ways to prevent sexual violence and talk about how to educate parents and guardians on tools to help […]

Civil liberties larger issue affecting gays

Freedom New Mexico On Wednesday, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation making it a federal crime to assault somebody due to his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation was named for Matthew Shepard, who tragically became a household name after dying from being brutally beaten and tied to a fence in […]

Clovis man arrested for child ponography

Freedom New Mexico A 56-year-old Civil Service employee from Cannon Air Force Base was arrested Friday after investigators found child pornography on his computer. Keith Benoit is charged with 100 counts of sexual exploitation of children and is being held on $500,000 bond, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Office. As […]

Sheriff’s office investigating sexual contact accusation

PNT Staff Report The Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating accusations a man had sexual contact with his 13-year-old daughter. A department spokesman also said they are checking into a vehicle rollover that occurred Monday on Roosevelt Road V near N.M. 267. Chief Deputy Malin Parker declined Tuesday to release futher details on either investigation. […]

Clovis man arrested on charges of exploiting children

Freedom New Mexico A 20-year-old Clovis man has been arrested and charged with 18 counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to a release from the Curry County Sheriff’s Department. According to the release: • The office searched the residence of Louis Garcia, 20, on Las Palomas Road on Monday with assistance from the Roosevelt […]

Editorial: Relationships don’t need federal approval

Two consenting adults agree to have sexual relations. Police and prosecutors — and maybe even federal agents — stand ready to pounce. Two consenting adults want to put a stamp of permanence on their relationship. Legislators and lobbyists brace for constitutional rewrites. In the first example, the government acts if money changes hands. Whether the […]

Local sexual assault hotline launched

Freedom New Mexico Sexual assault victims can now call a hotline for access to resources. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners of Eastern New Mexico and the Portales Lions Club have teamed up to provide the Eastern New Mexico Sexual Violence Hotline. Victims of assault who are medically stable can call the number and speak to […]

Mobile kits ease examination of sexual assualt

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Sex crime victims in the region no longer have one indignity — the sometimes long drives to the nearest hospital. A new mobile examination kit now in use by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) of Eastern New Mexico enables nurses to travel to victims. The mobile kit has everything […]

Sexual assault awareness program takes theatrical approach

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is taking a theatrical approach to educating airman about preventing sexual assaults. In a play called “Sex Signals,” actors Kyle Terry and Amber Kelly of Catharsis Productions of Chicago portray common dating situations using stereotypes, lots of humor and audience participation in a partly scripted, […]

Class teaches self-defense techniques

By Airman 1st Class Evelyn Chavez, 27th SOW Public Affairs Self-defense in the form of martial arts is often thought of as a recreation sport for children. But with April being Sexual Assault Awareness month, Jean Masters, sexual assault response coordinator representative, decided to set up a self-defense class for all Cannon Air Force Base […]

Fort Sumner man accused of having sexual relations with minor

CNJ staff A 23-year-old Fort Sumner gas station employee is accused of having sexual relations with several underage girls over the last year, according to a New Mexico State Police press release. Phillip Delgadillo is charged with 13 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, attempted sexual penetration of a minor, enticement of a […]

Reported cases of sexual assault increase in 2007

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The number of reported victims of sexual assault doubled in Curry and Roosevelt counties between 2006 and 2007 among females ages 11 months to 17 years old, according to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Pattie Johnson, the Victim Impact Program Director for the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office […]

Infamous quotes just as revealing

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Famous people are often remembered by a single quote or phrase. It might not be completely fitting of their legacy but it can come to define them over time. Take for instance U.S. presidents, normally a wordy bunch, yet we’ll let one quippy moment be burned into our memory. […]

Local man indicted

PNT Staff Report A Roosevelt County man was indicted by a grand jury Monday on multiple felony charges in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female on May 23, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. Rigoberto Gonzalez, 38, is charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of criminal […]