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Posted on: May 10, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Man Suspected of Sexually Assaulting Teen Over Several Years

Johnny Pacheco Arrest

Las Cruces police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a teenage girl multiple times over the last several years.

Johnny Pacheco, 48, of the 100 block of Shawnee, is charged with 62 felony counts. The charges include 42 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, 15 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and two counts of criminal solicitation. He also faces one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor and one count of battery.

Las Cruces police investigators first learned of the allegations against Pacheco in December 2020. Investigators learned the incidents occurred since the girl was 14 years old and lasted at least four years. The girl knew Pacheco through a relative.

Investigators conducted multiple interviews over the last several months and obtained a warrant for Pacheco’s arrest. He was taken into custody early Friday evening.

Pacheco was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he will initially be held without bond.

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