Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

AG Seeking Delay After Agent Shot.(Journal North)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Staff Writer

Yontz Built Case Against Magistrate

The death of a lead investigator has prompted the state Attorney General's Office to ask for more time to prosecute a criminal case against an Espanola judge, court records show.

Karen Yontz was the chief investigator who helped build the criminal case against Municipal Judge Charles Maestas, who has been accused of offering lighter sentences in exchange for sexual favors from women who appeared in his court, according to the Attorney General's Office.

He faces 28 criminal charges, including extortion and criminal sexual penetration. Trial is set for June 11 in Tierra Amarilla. …

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