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Man wanted for skipping hearings arrested

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A man who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl and then failed to show up for two court appearances was arrested Sunday.

Shaddock Ditmore, 41, of Roswell, was arrested Sunday at 5:41 p.m. in the 4000 block of North Montana Avenue for failure to appear, according to police records. He is now being held at the Chaves County Detention Center.

Judge James Hudson of the New Mexico 5th Judicial District Court had issued a bench warrant for Ditmore’s arrest Sept. 10, after Ditmore did not show up in court for a pretrial preventative detention hearing, a violation of his conditions of release.

Ditmore, who was arrested Aug. 30 on one count of criminal sexual penetration in the second degree, of a child 13-18, force or coercion, but was released on his own recognizance before the Chaves County District Attorney’s office had a chance to file a motion for a pretrial preventive detention hearing.

Hudson said when he announced that he would issue the warrant that once Ditmore was caught, he would remain incarcerated until a new hearing happened. Now that he has been arrested, the new pretrial preventative detention is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 12.

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A second bench warrant was issued Oct. 1 by E.J. Fouratt, Chaves County Magistrate Court Division II Judge, after Ditmore did not appear for a preliminary examination.

Court documents state that Ditmore is alleged to have forcibly sexually assaulted a 17-year-old female Aug. 29 while she was sleeping at the house where he was staying.

Documents state that the female victim later told police Ditmore had given her a ride to her grandfather’s house. The two then allegedly stopped at Ditmore’s 700 block of West Ninth Street residence and turned on a movie.

According to the affidavit, the female fell asleep on a bed and when she later woke up, she saw Ditmore on top of her. She then allegedly pushed him off and fled from the house.

The affidavit states Ditmore later admitted to police that he was in the house with the alleged victim. He said that he does not believe that he had sexually assaulted the female, but that he might have rubbed her while they were laying together on the bed.

Ditmore also later informed police he had taken Trazodone sleeping pills and smoked medical marijuana and so sometimes doesn’t remember where he is when he wakes up.

Court documents indicate that Ditmore has a criminal history that extends back to 2000, including a prior conviction for criminal sexual penetration of a child 13-18.

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