It hardly seems surprising that a sex abuse case involving a planet-roaming billionaire perpetrator and a lengthy list of progressively growing victims would span multiple jurisdictions.
From intimate partner violence to sexual slavery, women are being brutally beaten, raped, and sold as chattel in our communities. The market for sex trafficking is thriving on the internet as women and girls can be bought and sold on a smartphone. New Mexico ranks 48th out of 50 states in the frequency of sexual assaults. (The state auditor says that one in four women will be raped in their lifetimes). And men in New Mexico are murdering women at an alarming rate-the state is unenviably third in the nation per capita in that respect. Yet law enforcement and the media have remained ambivalent to violence against women. Sadly, it's open season on women in New Mexico, as Jacquelyn Barela recently learned.
"Bernalillo County has settled for a reported $680,000 in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by a woman inmate who was allegedly raped by then-Metropolitan Detention Center guard Andres Verdugo in June 2014, the Journal has learned."
The Legal Team at Kennedy, Kennedy & Ives remains humbled by the bravery of our client, Dianna Guerrero, who stepped forward to share her story of sexual assault by a police officer when she was an high school intern with the Las Cruces Police Department. Dianna's nightmare of betrayal is one of many from across the country covered by investigative journalists Matt Sedensky and Nomaan Merchant in the AP's three-part story: Betrayed By The Badge.
"The family of a special education student who says she was inappropriately touched by her teacher has received a $750,000 settlement in a lawsuit that claims Albuquerque Public Schools administrators ignored repeated complaints about the man spanning a decade. "