Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Former New Mexico Police Chief found guilty of stalking

ROSWEL, NM (KCBD) – Former Dexter, NM police chief Mario Contreras, 45, has been convicted of stalking and assault by a Roswell jury.

Several women in Dexter came forward last year, according to the Ninth District Attorney’s Office, accusing the police chief of stalking her, making gross gestures and touching her inappropriately. The New Mexico State Police investigated the case and arrested Contreras in December 2015.

During the day-long trial, the jury heard testimony from the victims as well as Dexter Mayor Mitch Daubert and an NM State Police officer.

After the verdicts were announced Thursday night, Honorable Judge EJ Fouratt ordered Contreras to serve 20 days in prison followed by a year and a half on probation. Contreras was also directed to donate $ 500 to the Refuge House and do 40 hours of community service.

Defense attorney S. Doug Jones Witt informed the court that they will appeal. Contreras was released on appeal.

District Attorney Reeb stated, “A copy of this conviction will be sent to the NM Law Enforcement Academy board of directors with a request that Contreras’ certification be revoked. Contreras has used his position as a police officer to intimidate and harass women, and this should not be tolerated by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy board of directors. “

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