Two New Mexico Military Institute cadets were arrested by State Police on charges connected to an alleged sexual assault of a juvenile, according to a statement issued Monday night by NMMI.
According to the statement, the arrests took place following an initial investigation conducted by NMMI officials, who had been notified about the incident Sunday and then notified State Police.
Carl Hansen, public affairs officer for NMMI, said the cadets have since been removed from the campus, but referred all additional questions to the State Police.
Lt. Mark Soriano, public information officer with the State Police, later stated in an email that after an extensive investigation cadets Kiarion Freeman and David Johnson — both 18 years old — were arrested Monday night without incident and booked into the Chaves County Detention Center.
They are charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor; and attempt to commit a violent felony, criminal sexual penetration of a minor, Soriano said.
He said the victim — a juvenile cadet — was provided with two alcoholic beverages before the alleged incident occurred. The victim alleged that she was then escorted to a dorm room, where Freeman and Johnson sexually assaulted her.
Hansen said NMMI’s policy is to not comment on allegations or investigations involving NMMI cadets or employees.
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