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Santa Domingo Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Abuse

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced today that Santiago Quintana, Jr. pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact. Quintana, 70, of Santo Domingo, and a member of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

According to court documents, on January 25, 2023, the Bureau of Indian Affairs received an allegation of sexual abuse of children from the Santo Domingo School. A Forensic Interviewer from the FBI interviewed the victim who stated that she and her sibling had been sexually abused by Quintana for about six years, beginning when they were 6 and 7 years old, and the siblings had both witnessed Quintana sexually abusing the other. In his plea agreement, Quintana admitted to engaging in sexual contact with the victim who was over the age of twelve years but had not yet attained the age of sixteen years.

At sentencing, Quintana faces up 10 years in prison and must register as a sex offender upon his release.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant United States Attorney Robert James Booth II is prosecuting the case.

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Updated September 27, 2023

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-235