Man accused of inappropriately touching 3-year-old released without bond | KOB 4

Man accused of inappropriately touching 3-year-old released without bond

Brittany Costello
December 18, 2018 06:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 21-year-old Lyric Taylor Padilla Monday. He’s accused of inappropriately touching a 3-year-old girl who was in his care.


It allegedly happened at the Western Heights Learning Center on Sage Rd. in Southwest Albuquerque.

That’s where Padilla has worked for the last four years as a teacher assistant.

In early December, the young girl reported Padilla had touched her. 

After questioning, Padilla first denied touching her altogether then admitted to portions of the allegations.

According to documents, he told deputies he was lying down with the girl during naptime. He told deputies he was rubbing her back and at some point moved his hands inside her underwear. The document quotes Padilla as saying “I didn’t think that I touched her vagina but I am truly sorry if I did.”

The Western Heights Learning Center sent KOB a statement Tuesday afternoon:

“Since learning of the allegations, we are cooperating with authorities. We have taken all appropriate actions to ensure the safety of the children in our care. “- Chrissy Jeter, Executive Director 

Just a day after his arrest, the state agreed he should be released with no bond before trial. Prosecutors did not choose to file a motion for pretrial detention, to request otherwise.

“This court is unable to hold Mr. Padilla,” said Judge Christine Rodriguez, a Metro Court Judge. “He has zero criminal history, zero bench warrant history. The court is extremely concerned with the allegations in the criminal complaint.”

There are conditions of release that must be followed, and the judge is requiring pre-trial services for Padilla.


Brittany Costello

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