Registered sex offender arrested for abusing children, BCSO says | KOB 4

Registered sex offender arrested for abusing children, BCSO says

James Highfield, 62 James Highfield, 62 | 

J.R. Oppenheim
October 30, 2017 11:57 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 62-year-old man on multiple counts of sexually abusing three young girls, according to a criminal complaint.


James Highfield faces three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13 years old, three other counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, and three kidnapping counts.

An investigator with the BCSO Special Victims Unit received a report of the possible abuse last week. The criminal complaint details incidents where Highfield allegedly touched the girls in a sexual manner and photographed them.

One incident involved Highfield sleeping with a 4-year-old girl while the others involved two 8-year-olds, the police report states. Authorities spoke with the girls in a safehouse interview where they described the incidents in graphic detail.

Deputies spoke with Highfield where he reportedly cooperated, admitting to the abuses.

"James became emotional as he confessed his actions, and advised that he did not have intentions of hurting the girls," the complaint states. "Shortly before ending our interview, James requested to write an apology letter to the girls and was afforded the opportunity to do so.

Highfield has previous convictions for sexual abuse, one involving a minor in South Carolina from 1997 and another in Alabama from 2002. BCSO investigators learned Highfield failed to follow his conditions of being a sex offender when did not provide his Albuquerque address or disclose his employment.


J.R. Oppenheim

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