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Roswell man sentenced on sex charges

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A Roswell man will spend more than a decade in prison after he was sentenced Thursday for sexual offenses he committed against two young girls who had been in his care.

Fermin Sigala, 50, faces charges of sexual criminal penetration in the second degree of children ages 13 to 18 in two separate cases.

Judge James Hudson at Sigala’s hearing Thursday in Fifth Judicial District Court in Roswell sentenced Sigala to 15 years incarceration in one case and 12 years on the other, with both sentences to run concurrently — or at the same time.

Sigala will serve the 15-year prison term and upon completion, serve on sex-offender probation for no less than five years and no more than 20 years, and sex offender parole for no less than five years and up to life. He is barred from having contact with either of the two victims or from having unsupervised contact with people under the age of 18.

Sigala will also have to register as a sex offender once every 90 days for the rest of his life once he leaves prison.

The sentence was the product of a plea agreement reached in January between the state and defense, after Sigala pleaded no contest on one of the charges. A no-contest plea under New Mexico law is the equivalent of a guilty plea.

Sigala had committed the sexual offenses in one case between June 2012 and August 2014 and from March to April 2018 in the other, according to a January press release from the prosecution announcing the no-contest plea.

An affidavit for the criminal complaint stated that one of the girls told police in April 2018 that Sigala had been performing acts of a sexual nature against her since she was 8 years old.

The other victim had gone to police and said she, too, had sexual offenses committed against her by Sigala.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.