Correctional officer accused of rape

LAS CRUCES — A correctional officer for a state prison facility in Las Cruces was arrested Wednesday, accused of sexual assault.

Michael Clark, 42, an officer at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, was charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual penetration, Mesilla Marshal Angelo Vega said.

Clark is accused of assaulting a woman with whom he a previous relationship early Monday in Mesilla.

Clark was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Tia Bland, spokeswoman for the New Mexico Department of Corrections, said Clark has been an officer since 1988. He will likely be placed on administrative leave from his job, a standard practice when an officer faces felony charges.

Bland said the Department of Corrections will also conduct its own internal investigation.

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