Police jail judge over domestic violence claims

Created: 12/23/2013 7:51 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Probate judge Jaime Baca vowed to “treat people with respect” when Valencia County voters elected him.  Now, his 34-year-old girlfriend accuses him of beating her up.

According to an arrest warrant, 31-year-old Baca accused the woman of not paying enough attention to him at a Christmas Party Saturday night.  Afterwards, she told New Mexico State Police that Baca threw her to the ground outside her car, chucked her cell phone into on-coming traffic when she tried to call for help, and smashed out one of her car windows with a rock.

The woman’s relatives in Rio Communities said she showed up at their home on foot around 11 p.m. after walking nearly a half mile from the altercation on State Road 47.  They said she was hysterical and kept telling them that she “didn’t look back.”

Police arrested Baca Sunday night.

In a magistrate courtroom in Los Lunas on Monday, Baca pleaded not guilty to a count of battery against a household member, two counts of criminal damage to property, and one count of interference with communications.

Initially, Baca was held on a $20,000 cash only bond.  But the judge released him to his father, with whom he shares a home, on the condition that he not makes contact with the woman.

Baca’s father said his son is a full-time graduate student at the University of New Mexico while working the part-time probate job.

Baca said he would apply for legal counsel from the public defender’s office.

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