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Former El Paso Independent School District Employee Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal judge handed down a 30-year prison sentence to a former El Paso Independent School District employee. Last year, Jeffrey Steven Clay, 51, of Anthony, New Mexico, was convicted at trial of one count each of kidnapping and transportation for illegal sexual activity.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to publicly available court records, on August 4, 2021, Jane Doe was waiting at a bus stop in El Paso, Texas when Clay offered her a ride to her friend’s house. Jane Doe accepted the ride and, in return, put $10 in the car’s center console to pay for gas. Instead of taking her to her friend’s home, Clay kidnapped Jane Doe and took her to his house in Anthony, New Mexico where he handcuffed and violently raped her. During the rape, Clay told Jane Doe that she deserved it.

Afterward, Clay drove Jane Doe back to El Paso. When he stopped at a redlight, Jane Doe jumped out of the vehicle and ran inside a Circle K to ask for help. Based on Jane Doe’s Google timeline history and descriptions of Clay’s residence, investigators from the Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant for his residence where they found evidence supporting Jane Doe’s description of events.

At the time, Clay was employed as the Executive Director of Analytics, Strategy, and Assessment and Public Education Information Management Systems for the El Paso Independent School District

 At trial and at sentencing, another woman testified that Clay raped her numerous times when she was minor and when she was an adult, including while she was seven months pregnant. The woman initially reported the rapes when she was a child, but recanted after Clay threatened her.

Upon his release from prison, Clay will be subject to 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. Clay was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and a $5,000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. Restitution to Jane Doe will be determine at a hearing in May.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The Las Cruces Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office, the El Paso Police Department, and the Third Judicial District of New Mexico District Attorney's Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Matilda McCarthy Villalobos and Ry Ellison prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 5, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 24-133