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High school coach charged with sexual contact of minor

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Probable cause has been found by a Chaves County judge in reference to a high school coach charged with six counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

According to a criminal complaint, in 2016, 36-year-old Antonio “Tony” Regalado allegedly touched a 16-year-old student improperly while he was a volleyball coach for Dexter High School.

On Aug. 14, agent Pablo Macias of the New Mexico State Police was contacted by a sergeant within the department’s investigation bureau in reference to a criminal sexual contact of a minor.

Agent Macias contacted the mother of the victim, now 17 years old. A forensic interview was set up with the student at CASA in Roswell.

According to the interview conducted the same day, the victim told state police Regalado had touched her private parts with his hand while on a school bus traveling to a volleyball sporting event in 2016.

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“(The victim) stated she was startled and jumped up, and coach Tony Regalado stopped touching her (private parts) and told her, ‘that was great.’

The victim also mentioned between January 2014 and May 2014, Regalado had touched her behind while they were both keeping score in “the box.”

 

“(The victim) stated she was sitting on a chair and coach Tony Regalado began to rub her back and went lower and touched her butt,” Macias wrote. “(The victim) was 14 years of age during this incident.”

The victim later told police of an instance when Regalado allegedly touched her private area between October 2014 and March 2015.

In addition, the victim said when she was with some of her teammates, Regalado had slapped her behind while she had bent over and reached for her bag. Agent Macias was told this incident happened between July 2016 and November 2016.

“(I) made contact with some of the volleyball players that were present during the incident when coach Tony Regalado slapped (the victim) on the butt in the locker room, and her teammates did witness the incident,” Macias wrote. “Other volleyball players with Dexter High School had stated Regalado (had) slapped them on the butt as well in the past.”

 

Regalado could not be located on Dexter High School’s staff directory.

While a preliminary examination has not been set, the case has been assigned to Chaves County Magistrate Judge E. J. Fouratt.

Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.