City drops charges

November 19, 2010 • Local News

City Attorney Barbara Patterson confirmed that the charges against New Mexico State Police Officer Joe Daniel Green were dropped, Thursday. According to the report, Green allegedly assaulted the former 5th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney Michael Sanchez.

The incident occurred around noon on Nov. 11. Green was charged with assault and booked into Chaves [auth] County Detention Center that same day. “The charge was misde-meanor assault. I did an investigation and spoke with the victim,” said Patterson.

As a result of her investigation, Patterson decided to dismiss the charges against Green. In a previous interview with the Roswell Daily Record, Eric Garcia, New Mexico State Police public information officer, said, “I am aware there was some kind of inappropriate behavior outside of Joe Green’s relationship with his wife.” Former Deputy District Attorney Anna Marie Green filed for divorce in 12th District Court on Oct. 4 and resigned shortly thereafter.

Of ficer Green was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal investigation. Patterson was unwilling to comment about Green’s employment status as a result of her decision.

She said that the charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning that the charges could be refiled if necessary. The victim, Sanchez, resigned his post with the district attorney’s office on Nov. 12.

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