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ENMU-R student charged in alleged sexual assault

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Anthony Leyva (Submitted Photo)

Police have arrested and charged a man in connection with a sexual assault believed to have taken place over the weekend in an Eastern New Mexico State University-Roswell dorm room.

Anthony Leyva, 20, was served with an arrest warrant Tuesday on one count of criminal sexual penetration in the third degree, according to documents filed in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Donna Oracion, a spokesperson for ENMU-R, in a statement Tuesday said because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, the university could only confirm that Leyva is a currently enrolled student at ENMU-R.

“We are cooperating with the Roswell Police Department in this investigation,” Oracion said.

The alleged sexual assault is reported to have occurred Saturday at 2:30 a.m. when the suspect, alleged victim and several other people went to the suspect’s dorm room after attending a party in south Roswell where alcohol was consumed.

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A man later confirmed to be Leyva was later identified by two of the women who were in the dorm room at the time as matching the description of a man that had gone alone into the bedroom with the alleged victim, according to court documents. Blood was also on the shirt Leyva was wearing.

When later interviewed by police Saturday, Leyva admitted to having been with a woman who gave her consent, but when she later withdrew her consent, “he stopped immediately,” court documents state.

The alleged victim later said that a “tall Mexican with a fresh haircut” who she had begun to talk with while at the dorm room had sexually assaulted her.

According to court documents, the alleged victim later told police the man carried her into a bedroom where he began kissing her and telling her that he liked her.

She said she had told the man multiple times to stop, to which he responded by pushing her down on the bed, instructing her to be quiet and, for about five minutes, allegedly performed sexual acts on her.

Two women later questioned by police about the incident, said that when the alleged victim emerged from the bedroom, she had blood on her mouth and shirt. After telling the two women what had allegedly happened in the bedroom, they took her to Eastern New Mexico Medical Center.

When Leyva was interviewed, court documents state he said that the night before he had brought some friends back to his dorm room after a party because they were drunk and he did not want them driving on the road.

Despite having eyes described as watery and bloodshot during the interview with police, the court documents state, Leyva denied having consumed any alcohol or narcotics.

After stating that the encounter between himself and the woman was consensual and that he stopped once she told him to, Leyva declined to comment further on details about the reported incident.

Bond for Leyva was set at $10,000 cash or surety by Judge K.C. Rogers Tuesday during a first appearance in Magistrate Court.

Electronic records state Rogers also ordered that as part of Leyva’s conditions of release, he must not contact the alleged victim or anyone who might be called to testify in the case.

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