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Church Rock Man Charged with Sexual Abuse

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Nathaniel Luz appeared in federal court on a complaint charging him with four counts of aggravated sexual abuse, one count of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of abusive sexual contact. Luz, 31, of Church Rock and a registered member of the Navajo Nation, will remain in custody pending trial.

According to court documents, between January 2014 and April of 2022, Luz allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a child who had not then attained the age of 12 years in five separate incidents. Then, between January 2021 and December 2021, Luz allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a second victim, a child who had not yet attained the age of 12 years. Lastly, in August 2022, Luz allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a third victim, a child who had attained the age of 12 years but had not attained the age of 16 years.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted on the current charges, Luz faces up to life in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, Navajo Police Department and the Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany DuChaussee is prosecuting the case.

Updated September 12, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-216