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Federal Jury Convicts San Felipe Man of Sexual Abuse

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, announced today that on Jan. 23, 2024, a federal jury returned two guilty verdicts against Kyle Aguilar, 41, of San Felipe and an enrolled member of the San Felipe Pueblo, after four hours of deliberation. The jury convicted Aguilar of two counts of abusive sexual contact. Judge James O. Browning presided.

A federal grand jury issued a superseding indictment against Aguilar on Oct. 4, 2023. According to evidence presented at trial and other publicly available court records, between Aug. 13, 2016, and Feb. 13, 2017, when Aguilar was drunk, he touched Jane Doe’s genitalia and breasts over her clothing. Jane Doe locked herself in a room to watch a movie. Aguilar unlocked the door and came into the room. He started to massage Jane Doe's back, before he touched her breasts and genitals over the clothes. Jane Doe stated she froze when this happened as it had never happened before. She then claimed she heard her sister calling for her and left the room. Jane Doe was between the ages of 12 and 16 when this happened. The incidents came to light during a visit to the doctor in February of 2017, when Jane Doe told her doctor that Aguilar had inappropriately touched her on more than one occasion when he was drunk.

Aguilar will remain on conditions of release pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled. At sentencing, Aguilar faces up to four years in prison.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas J. Marshall and Mia Ulibarri-Rubin are prosecuting the case.

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Updated January 24, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-32