Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Espanola Judge Guilty of Rape.(Final)

Byline: Andy Lenderman Journal Northern Bureau

Defendant Coerced Into Having Sex

SANTA FE -- A tape recording of a sexual encounter was critical in convincing a jury to convict an Espanola judge on five rape charges, a defense lawyer says.

Suspended Municipal Judge Charles Maestas was found guilty on 10 charges Thursday by a Rio Arriba County jury. He also was acquitted on 18 charges, including extortion, criminal sexual penetration and "official acts prohibited."

Sheriff's deputies handcuffed him in front of his sobbing daughter, whom he embraced before being transported to the state's prison in Los Lunas. He handed over his wallet and gold watch to her before he was handcuffed. …

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