Pregnant Ex-Guard May Be Hit With Rape Charge After Sex With Inmate Boyfriend

 A former New Mexico prison guard is being investigated for sexual impropriety, and may be slapped with a rape charge, after she became pregnant during a consensual relationship with an inmate, KRQE News 13 reported.

Reyna Lujan resigned from Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center earlier this year after working at the prison for two years. According to investigators, an informant tipped off a prison officer that Lujan was having sex with inmate Eric Brayman, behind bars for trafficking a controlled substance, in his cell.

Officials listened to 300 phone conversations between Lujan and Brayman, which paint a clear picture of the consensual relationship. Brayman called Lujan “my girl” and told her “it felt good when you touched me today,” according to the police report.

“The sheriff’s office is recommending that she be charged with criminal sexual penetration in this case,” DA spokesman Pat Davis told KOB News in New Mexico. “It’s a second degree felony because it involves a person of authority — in this case, a correctional officer.”

Lujan could potentially be charged with rape for each time she had sex with Brayman, even if it was not forced.

Brayman has since been released from jail and he and Lujan are living together.


State police arrest NM corrections officer

GRANTS, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico State Police say they have arrested a corrections officer accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the Cibola County Detention Center.

A news release says state police investigators conducted interviews and determined a sexual relationship existed between the corrections officer and the inmate.

State police identify the officer as 20-year-old Deandra McNeill.

Through interviews it was learned the relationship had been ongoing since early February.

Jail officials terminated McNeill on March 4.

McNeill is charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration and was booked into the McKinley County jail on a no bond warrant.


Guard accused of smuggling drugs into jail

A corrections officer has been arrested for smuggling drugs into the Santa Fe County jail.Investigators say the jail guard used a pack of cigarettes to smuggle in cocaine and marijuana.

The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says Leah Fragua, a 21-year-old rookie guard, was getting the drugs from the wife of an inmate, 25-year-old Alishia Marquez.

Detectives say the two women would meet at a local bank to exchange the drugs before Fragua would smuggle them inside the jail.

Correction officials were tipped off after listening in on an inmate’s phone calls.

The sheriff says because Fragua worked at the jail, she was not locked up with the inmates she once guarded.


Jailers Accused of Forcing Recorded Inmate Boxing Matches

SILVER CITY, N.M. —  Five jailers at the Grant County Detention Center have been charged with forcing eight inmates to fight in video-recorded boxing matches.

According to a copyright story in Wednesday’s Albuquerque Journal that cited Magistrate Court affidavits, one inmate was knocked out and another suffered a broken hand during the fights on Sept. 13 and 14.

Charged in the case were: Tobias Rodriguez, 30, of Bayard; Casey Young, 29, of Hurley; Erika Jimenez, 28, of Hurley; Gabriel Flores, 20, of Silver City; and John Paul Amador, 32, of Silver City.

Each was charged with eight counts of kidnapping, a first-degree felony, and four counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, a second-degree felony.

The five were arraigned Nov. 5 in Magistrate Court. Each was released on an unsecured $60,000 bond.

County Manager Jon Saari said the sheriff’s office did an internal investigation into the case. Four of the accused officers are no longer employed by the county, Saari said, and a fifth is on administrative leave.

The inmates were told to fight with boxing gloves in the detention center’s sally port but they were not given headgear or mouth guards, according to an affidavit filed by an investigator

The inmate who suffered a broken hand said he was denied medical attention because officers didn’t want anyone to find out how he was injured.

Another inmate told District Attorney’s investigator he was forced to fight at least six times on a Saturday night and three more times the next day.

The guards laughed and joked during the matches, then told the inmates not to tell anyone about what had occurred, according to an affidavit.

One inmate reported seeing officers exchange cash before a fight, and another officer told an inmate, “You made me a lot of money.”

After the fights, inmates were rewarded with a cigarette.

One of the officers, Jimenez, video-recorded the fights using her cell phone camera, according to court documents. Seventeen video clips of the fights were recovered on her cell phone, a police affidavit says.


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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