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19-year-old charged in teen dating violence case

Kasia Gregorczyk
October 12, 2017 06:07 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- If a 19-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl are in a physical relationship in New Mexico, it's legal. What's not legal is what the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office says one man did to the girl.

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KOB has chosen not to identify the 19-year-old, who has since been arrested and charged with multiple crimes. This is not to protect him, but to protect the girl detectives say he beat and took sexual videos and photos of.

By the time Bernalillo County detectives were notified of a violent relationship between the two Albuquerque teens, the 16-year-old told officials she had been seeing the man for nearly a year. According to a criminal complaint, someone at the girl's school pressed her about a black eye and contacted CYFD, even after she initially tried to hide her injuries.

"The willingness to step up and say that domestic violence is wrong, is not normal, and to be able to protect somebody in our community from domestic violence is a huge victory," said Roberta Radosevich, Executive Director for Haven House in Rio Rancho.

According to New Mexico's statutes, it's not the sexual relationship between the two teens that was wrong. State law allows such relationships if there is a three-year difference in the teens' ages.

However, allegedly taking videos and photos of the girl performing sexual acts is very much illegal. That resulted in the 19-year-old being charged with manufacturing child pornography, distribution of child pornography and child abuse as a result of the physical violence.

The situation is something the Radosevich describes as teen dating violence.

"It is the same as adult domestic violence in that a lot of the warning signs: that extreme jealousy, the intimidation and threats by another person," she said

Throughout that 11-month relationship, the teen told detectives her boyfriend "became very jealous," that he told her he was going to make her "dig her own grave" and "beat her to death." The teen also told police she had been living with the man since April and he had only gotten more violent since then.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Tips and resources for anyone in an abusive, violent situation:

Leave or have someone stay with you if you are in immediate danger & Call a crisis hotline for assistance, location of a women's shelter, counseling, and crisis intervention. The following resources and telephone numbers are available in Albuquerque.

  • New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-773-3645 (Statewide)
  • Women's Community Association/Shelter from Domestic Violence: (505) 247-4219 (Albuquerque)
  • All Faith's Receiving Home - Emergency Shelter for Children: 345-8938
  • APD Victim Assistance Unit: (505) 243-2333 (Albuquerque)
  • Albuquerque Women's Resource Center: 242-7033 (Albuquerque)
  • New Mexico Domestic Legal Help Line: 1-877-974-3400 (Toll-Free - Statewide) 243-4300 (Albuquerque)
  • New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs: 1-888-883-8020 (Statewide) 883-8020 (Albuquerque)
  • Morning Star - Advocacy Program for Native American Women: 232-8299 (Albuquerque)
  • Resources - Women's Advocacy Group: 884-1241 (Albuquerque)
  • Enlace - Spanish Speaking: 246-8972
  • 911 or the non-emergency number - 242-COPS (2677) (Albuquerque)
  • Nationwide Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (Nationwide)
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence: 1-800-537-2238 (Nationwide)
  • Restraining Orders: 841-8400
  • Crime Victim's Reparation Commission: 841-9432

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Kasia Gregorczyk

Copyright 2017 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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