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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 11, 2022

New Mexico man arraigned for sexual abuse of children in Indian Country

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Christian Quintana, 33, of Dulce, New Mexico, was arraigned in federal court on March 9 on a three-count indictment charging him with abusive sexual contact, aggravated sexual abuse by force or threat, and aggravated sexual abuse of a child. Quintana will remain in custody pending trial, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Quintana on Oct. 26, 2021. According to the indictment, between Oct. 1, 2012, and Oct. 30, 2013, Quintana allegedly engaged in sexual contact with a child, identified as Jane Doe 1. Between April 10, 2015, and May 10, 2016, Quintana allegedly engaged in a sexual act with Jane Doe 1, who at the time was less than 12 years old.

Between Oct. 17, 2019, and Oct. 17, 2020, Quintana allegedly engaged in a sexual act with a second victim, a minor identified as Jane Doe 2. He allegedly did so by force.

The abuse charged in the indictment is alleged to have taken place in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, in Indian Country. Both victims are enrolled members of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe.

An indictment is only an allegation. A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Quintana faces a minimum of 30 years and up to life in prison.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Jicarilla Apache Police Department. Special Assistant United States Attorney Chelsea N. Van Deventer is prosecuting the case.

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Topic(s): 
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 
22-46
Updated March 11, 2022