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Man from San Fidel, New Mexico sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for sexually abusing child in Indian Country

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

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  – Horacio Benjamin Trujillo, 42, of San Fidel, New Mexico was sentenced on July 7 in federal court in Albuquerque to 12 years in prison for sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 in Indian Country.

            Trujillo pleaded guilty to this offense on Oct. 28, 2019.  In his plea agreement, Trujillo admitted making the child victim touch his penis at Laguna/Acoma High School where Trujillo worked as a custodian.   This abuse occurred between Aug. 13, 2015 and May 28, 2015.  At the time of the abuse, the victim was between 10 and 11 years old.  Trujillo is a non-Indian.  The victim in an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna. 

            The Bureau of Indian Affairs investigated this case with assistance from the Cibola County Sheriff’s Department.   Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison Jaros prosecuted the case.

Updated July 7, 2020

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 20-115