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Mescalero Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse of a Minor

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

ALBUQUERQUE – A federal judge handed down a 15-year prison sentence to a Mescalero man for sexually abusing a 13-year-old child. At the time of the incident, Dexter Whiskers, 45, an enrolled member of the San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe, was employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a corrections officer.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to publicly available court records, in addition to the 13-year-old victim, Whiskers has been accused of physically and sexually abusing multiple women, including a minor who had been placed in foster care at his home, an inmate he was transporting for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and women with whom he was in a relationship.

Upon his release from prison, Whiskers will be subject to 15 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

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 New Mexico State Police and the full cooperation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant United States Attorney Matilda McCarthy Villalobos is prosecuting the case.

Updated April 5, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-135