Man Charged with Abusive Sexual Contact with Children Under 12
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, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Tyler Chinana was arraigned in federal court on an indictment charging him with two counts of abusive sexual contact. Chinana, 34, of Jemez Pueblo, and an enrolled member of the Jemez Pueblo, will remain on conditions of release in the third-party custody of a halfway house pending trial, which has not been scheduled.
According to court records, between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, Chinana engaged in sexual contact with Jane Doe 1, a child who had not then attained the age of 12 years. Then, between Nov. 4 and Nov. 6, 2022, Chinana engaged in sexual contact with Jane Doe 2, a child who had not then attained the age of 12 years.
An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Chinana faces up to life in prison.
The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Jemez Pueblo Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meg Tomlinson is prosecuting the case.
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Updated February 7, 2024
Press Release Number: 24-60
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