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Church Rock Man Pleads Guilty to 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 FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Lathem Eskeets pleaded guilty to one count each of sexual abuse of a minor and abusive sexual contact. Eskeets, 30, of Church Rock, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court documents, between August 2012 and August 2013, Eskeets engaged in a sexual act with a minor victim who was older than 12 at the time, but younger than 16. During the same time period, Eskeets made sexual contact with a minor victim who was younger than 12 at the time.

Upon his release from prison, Eskeets must register as a sex offender.

The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorney Zachary Clark Jones is prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 6, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-208