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DASO undersheriff accused of sexual harassment

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Doña Ana County Undersheriff Ken Roberts is on paid administrative leave after being accused of sexual harassment, according to documents obtained by KTSM.

Those documents show one complaint accused the undersheriff of going into a woman’s office, shaking his butt then sitting on her lap. 

According to the alleged victim, Roberts told her, “I could never tell you no.” 

He also told her, “I’ll get you whatever you need.”

A second complaint alleges Roberts would not stop texting a female employee.  

He also placed his hand on her lower back and made the alleged victim leave her personal vehicle at Walmart where he then picked her up and made her go with him to a meeting, according to a complaint.

That alleged victim reportedly told an unidentified county employee that Roberts would get upset if she didn’t respond to his texts and that he would send her angry emojis.

In the documents, one woman says she was asked by others if she was Roberts’ mistress and that there are other victims “just like her.”  Roberts would also ask the woman if he looked good and make her fix his tie, according to the complaint.

According to the documents, Doña Ana County Sheriff Enrique Vigil was made aware of the allegations on November 3 and advised Roberts that a formal complaint would be filed.

Earlier this month, Vigil confirmed putting Roberts on paid administrative leave Nov. 22.  Vigil told KTSM that he is cooperating with the internal investigation but cannot comment because it’s a personnel matter.

“It is a testament to strong leadership that there have been no interruptions of that duty as a result of this action,” Vigil said.  “I believe in the investigative process, and trust that this matter will be brought to a swift resolution as quickly as possible.”

Roberts has been working with the
Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office since 2008 and was promoted to second-in-command in 2016.


 


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