Sexual assault of university staff member involved known offender

On Behalf of | Sep 11, 2021 | Sexual Violence

The idea of being attacked in an area typically considered safe and by a person who is known to police as an offender may seem unfathomable. Unfortunately, this type of scenario happens all too often. An unsuspecting victim may be going about his or her day as usual when a repeat offender commits sexual assault against that person.

An incident similar to this recently took place in New Mexico. A staff member at the University of New Mexico was in her office when a 31-year-old man entered her office and sexually assaulted her. He reportedly grabbed the woman, threw her to the ground, groped her and blocked her from leaving the office. Another staff member heard screaming from the office and opened the door, which allowed the woman to escape.

Police were called to the scene, and it was determined that the man was known to police for previous similar offenses as well as others in the past, including the following:

  • Indecent exposure
  • Burglary
  • Car theft
  • Property damage

The man was previously released due to suspected incompetence, but a new motion to revoke his conditions of release has been filed. The victim involved in this unsettling incident undoubtedly hopes that the man is charged to fullest extent of the law, but she may need to testify in court regarding the incident. Though it may be stressful and disconcerting, working with New Mexico attorneys experienced in handling cases of sexual assault and abuse with sensitivity may help individuals facing such an ordeal face their abusers and assailants in court.

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