Pecos High coach charged with sexually abusing two teens
J.R. Oppenheim and Joy Wang
April 25, 2018 04:17 PM
PECOS, N.M. – New Mexico State Police arrested a Pecos High School basketball coach around midday Tuesday on sexual misconduct charges involving at least two teenage girls.
Dominick Baca, 29, faces three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and two other counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
NMSP's Investigations Bureau began looking into the allegations on March 30. Lt. Elizabeth Armijo said the investigation found Baca allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old student and a 17-year-old student while he worked as an assistant basketball coach.
Baca was also a coordinator with the "Gear-Up," a college readiness program in the school district.
An arrest warrant details the allegations against Baca. According to the warrant, the 14-year-old teen told investigators about one sexual encounter in February 2017 and another in late May 2017.
The warrant states the 17-year-old teen told police Baca sent her lewd texts, made phone calls and engaged in inappropriate contact sometime between February and March of this year.
State police say Baca had sex with both of them at his home, and they claim Baca kissed and groped one of the girls in his office at Pecos High School.
"He's been on administrative leave since the allegations came up so the district has been cooperating with state police during that time he's been on paid leave, so he's not been on our campus since the allegations were made," Superintendent Fred Trujillo said.
Baca was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. The superintendent says the district plans to fire him.
"We're here to educate our kids and for the safety of our kids, and we take these allegations and we responded to the allegations," Trujillo said. "And we'll continue to do so and continue to operate with state police in this investigation."
According to Magistrate Court, was released from jail on a $25,000 appearance bond. That means he does not have to post a bond unless he fails to show. He will be on house arrest with GPS monitoring. As part of his conditions of release, he must stay away from the victims and witnesses along with any drugs or alcohol.
Baca was part of the coaching staff that led the boys to the state championship game this year, winning in March. Some parents said he was well-liked in the community, and the news came as a shock.
"It's sad, so I'm thinking everybody is horrified by what happened," said one parent, Ranee Oronoa. "I mean our kids go to that school, so it's scary."
"Get him out of there," added another parent, Jonathan Varela. "Especially with kids, he shouldn't even be working with them.
J.R. Oppenheim and Joy Wang
Updated: April 25, 2018 04:17 PM
Created: April 24, 2018 02:37 PM
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