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Roswell man sentenced for sexual assault

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A man convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage girls was sentenced to nine years in prison.

Rutilio Aguirre, 59, of Roswell, received a 15-year prison sentence at a hearing March 11 in 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County, according to court documents. He will serve nine years incarcerated at the New Mexico Department of Corrections with the remaining six years suspended.

Aguirre was convicted in December on two counts of sexual contact with a minor, second degree, after a two-day trial in 5th Judicial District Court.

Prosecutors accused Aguirre of forcibly kissing and touching the two girls while reaching under their clothing during a visit to their home between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2010.

The mother then kicked Aguirre out of the residence when she saw him allegedly offending on the youngest of the two victims, court documents state.

Years after the incident, the older female alleged Aguirre forcibly assaulted her in a similar manner on the day that the mother allegedly found him offending on the younger girl in the home.

Aguirre later pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Prosecutors state the mother of the two girls did not report the incident she witnessed to police because a therapist told her no one would believe the allegations.

Law enforcement learned about the sexual assault in 2018, after an employee with La Casa Behavioral Health informed them of it, when the mother told them about the impact the incident had on her youngest daughter.

When later questioned by police about the allegations, Aguirre said he drank a lot back then and did not remember if he did something to the girls he should not have. He did tell them though that if he had been drinking, he might have “overly touched them” while playing with the girls, court documents state.

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