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Albuquerque Man Charged with Coercion and Enticement of Minors

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Adrian Puentes appeared in federal court on an indictment charging him with 2 counts of coercion and enticement of a minor. Puentes, 24, of Albuquerque, will remain on conditions of release pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

According to the indictment, between June 29, 2021, and December 1, 2021, Puentes coerced Jane Doe 1, a minor, to engage in sexual activity. Also, between October 19, 2021, and March 23, 2023, Puentes coerced Jane Doe 2, a minor, to engage in sexual activity.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Puentes faces a minimum of 10 years to life in prison.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jesse Pecoraro is prosecuting the case.

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23-296

Updated December 21, 2023

Topic
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-296