Oscar Coronado, 64, bonded out of Chaves County Detention Center, Tuesday, after a bond reduction from $250,000 to $50,000 cash or surety bond on charges of three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two counts of criminal sexual contact.
The victim was a 16-year-old who, according to her mother, had learning disabilities and the mental age of 9. She is unable to attend school because of her disabilities.
The alleged incident occurred on April 12. Roswell Police Officer [auth] Tucker responded to a call and picked her up from the First Baptist Church. The case was turned over to Chaves County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Daniel Ornelas said, “She was a runaway from Artesia. She was walking along the road early in the morning. He picked her up, made advances and then he dropped her off on a county road.”
Ornelas confirmed that she had the mental capacity of a fourth-grader.
Coronado was arrested, following an investigation by the Sheriff’s office, on May 1. The court records show that the victim described the vehicle and stated the driver had taken her to a local unnamed dairy while he made a delivery. She also told officers of certain items that she had left inside the vehicle.
“We started checking local dairies,” said Ornelas.
According to the criminal complaint, Detective Rebecca Abernathy was driving near Dexter when she noticed a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
The criminal complaint states that Abernathy stopped and asked Coronado if the vehicle were his, and he replied yes. He was also asked if anyone else ever drove it, a fact which he denied. Coronado told Abernathy he had given a girl a ride and dropped her off at Old Dexter Highway and Brasher Road.
A search warrant was obtained, the vehicle impounded and searched.
Sheriff’s detectives interviewed Coronado. The documentation reported, “Mr. Coronado made several inconsistent statements and change(d) his version of the incident several times.”