Teen Confesses to Being Sexually Violated as Child
POSTED: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 12:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 1:29pm
LAS CRUCES — A 71-year-old Las Cruces man was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child when she was between 4 and 8 years old. The girl, who is now a teenager, confessed the alleged activity or the first time.
Manuel B. “Manny” Patino, 71, faced four counts of criminal sexual penetration in the first degree, one count of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and one count of third-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor.
Patino is alleged to have committed the crimes when he lived on Juniper Avenue in Las Cruces. At the time, Patino and the girl lived in the same home.
Patino was arrested Wednesday and is being held at the Doña Ana County Detention Center.