Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Expert: Poor Women Vulnerable.(Journal North)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Staff Writer

Judge Accused Of Sex Crimes

Poor women with drug problems are more likely to be raped by people they know, especially if those people are in positions of power, an expert witness testified against an Espanola judge Wednesday.

Municipal Judge Charles Maestas has been accused of trading judicial favors for sex involving women who appeared before his court and faces 28 criminal charges. Some of those women had trouble paying fines and had drug problems, according to testimony.

"Power really is the weapon in the sexual assault," psychology professor David Lisak of Boston said during Wednesday's testimony. …

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