Man Arrested for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor

Man Arrested for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 3:41pm

Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of touching a young girl inappropriately while her mother was away from home.

Twenty-nine-year-old Gabriel Gutierrez is charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Both charges are third-degree felony counts.

Las Cruces Police detectives learned that Gutierrez and the 9-year-old girl’s mother were in a relationship. On September 7, detectives learned, mom left Gutierrez in charge of watching her daughter and younger son. Sometime during the evening, Gutierrez is alleged to have touched the girl in a sexual and inappropriate way.

The girl’s mother learned of the incident when she returned home and confronted Gutierrez, who packed his bags and left the residence. The girl’s mother then contacted police.

Gutierrez was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center with bond set at $10,000.

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