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Santa Domingo Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse

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

ALBUQUERQUE – 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 was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Quintana, 70, of Santo Domingo, and a member of the Santo Domingo Pueblo, pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact on Sep. 21, 2023.

According to court documents, on Jan. 25, 2023, the Bureau of Indian Affairs received an allegation involving the sexual abuse of children from a school principal. 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.

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

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 January 3, 2024

Topic
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 23-7