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 that Amadius Archuleta pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a minor. Archuleta, 23, of Dulce, and a Taos Pueblo Tribal Member, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.
According to court records, on July 2, 2022, Archuleta, who was 21 years old at the time, contacted a 14-year-old minor, Jane Doe, through Instagram and, after some conversation, asked to meet her. They met near her house before walking to Archuleta’s grandparents’ old house nearby. There, they both consumed alcohol and marijuana. Archuleta then initiated a sexual act with Jane Doe.
Later that night, Jane Doe’s father contacted the Taos Pueblo Department of Public Services (TPDPS) to report that his daughter was highly intoxicated. When TPDPS officers arrived, Jane Doe’s parents gave a female officer permission to interview their daughter in private. At that time, Jane Doe disclosed that Archuleta had sexually assaulted her.
In his plea agreement, Archuleta admitted that he knew Jane Doe was 14 years old and that he initiated a sexual act with her and recorded audio of the act on his phone.
At sentencing, Archuleta faces 15 years in prison followed by no less than 5 years, and up to life, of supervised release.
The Santa Fe Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Taos Pueblo Department of Public Safety. Assistant United States Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.
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