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District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Mexican Springs Man Sentenced to Twenty Years for Federal Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

Prosecution Pursued Under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – David Castillo, 38, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Mexican Springs, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 20 years in federal prison for his child sexual abuse conviction.  Castillo will be on supervised release for ten years after completing his prison sentence.  He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Castillo was arrested May 17, 2015, on a two-count indictment charging him with aggravated sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.  The indictment alleged that Castillo sexually assaulted a child on a date between May 1, 2006 and Sept. 4, 2006, and again on a date between Dec. 20, 2006 and Jan. 8, 2007.  He was charged with committing the two crimes on the Navajo Indian Reservation in McKinley County, N.M.

On Sept. 14, 2015, Castillo pled guilty to a two-count felony information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse.  In entering his guilty plea, Castillo admitted sexually assaulting the victim in the summer of 2006, when the victim was eight years old.  He also admitted sexually assaulting the victim over the Christmas holiday in 2006, when the victim was nine years old.  According to the plea agreement, Castillo sexually assaulted the victim five times during the periods of time on the Navajo Indian Reservation.

This case was investigated by the Gallup office of the FBI and the New Mexico State Police and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah Mease.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

Topic: 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 18, 2016