Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Woman Testifies She Was Coerced Into Sex With Judge.(Final)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Northern Bureau

SANTA FE -- Suzette Salazar had sex with an Espanola judge to keep from losing her job and children, she told a jury Monday.

The woman who helped bring criminal charges against suspended Municipal Judge Charles Maestas wept as she recalled several encounters, including one she recorded by audiotape.

She told her story in state district court in Santa Fe Monday, where Maestas faces 28 criminal charges stemming from allegations he offered four women lighter sentences in exchange for sex. The charges include criminal sexual penetration and extortion, and the case is being prosecuted by the state Attorney General's Office. …

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