ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (KRQE) — A New Mexico police officer is accused of raping a drunken-driving suspect whereas taking her to jail, and the alleged sufferer mentioned she felt she had no alternative, fearing he would add prices or worse.
Leon Martin, 22, was arrested Tuesday by New Mexico State Police. They mentioned Martin, who labored for the Isleta Police Division, admitted to having intercourse with the girl.
The girl reported the assault final week at a hospital.
She mentioned she was arrested by Martin for DWI, and on the way in which to jail, Martin pulled his patrol automotive over right into a darkish space and requested her to come back to the motive force’s aspect. She mentioned he took off his vest and gun belt after which raped her.
Angel Charley, government director of the Coalition to Cease Violence Towards Native Ladies, mentioned whereas it’s irritating somebody sworn to guard their communities abused that energy, it’s not unusual.
“Rape is basically about an abuse of energy, and that’s basically what we’re seeing right here,” mentioned Charley. “Sadly, we do know that that is frequent.”
The girl mentioned she was scared and afraid that Martin would shoot her or add additional prices to her DWI case if she didn’t comply. She mentioned Martin instructed her, in alternate, he would discuss to the decide to assist cut back her prices and “in the event that they spent an extended period of time collectively, she would spend a shorter period of time in jail and would get to see the decide faster.”
A few days later, the girl instructed investigators, she examined constructive for chlamydia following the alleged assault.
“Sexual misconduct by cops is the second-highest sort of misconduct, proper behind police brutality,” mentioned Charley. “We all know that cops who do that, they do goal these most weak — gender non-conforming individuals, somebody who was underneath the affect, people who interact in intercourse work. These are populations of people who find themselves focused as a result of they’re seen as much less credible.”
In an interview with NMSP, Martin admitted having intercourse with the girl whereas she was underneath arrest however mentioned she had initiated the encounter and that he had a lapse in judgment.
The girl instructed police she acknowledged Martin from a earlier home violence incident and that he had messaged her on Fb afterward. She mentioned she felt like he was “making an attempt to hit on her.”
Vernon Abeita, the governor of the Isleta Pueblo, issued a press release confirming that Martin is not employed by the Pueblo.
Martin faces a number of felony prices, together with legal sexual penetration, false imprisonment, demanding or receiving a bribe by a public officer, and ethics violations.
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