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Former high school basketball manager arrested for rape, stabbing

Kassi Nelson
May 16, 2018 10:16 PM

MORA, N.M. – A former manager for the Mora High School's boys basketball team is accused of raping and stabbing a student.

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New Mexico State Police investigators say 21-year-old Apolonio Leroy Blea had contact with the 14-year-old student over a four-month span from November 2016 to February 2017.

Police say he forced the victim to have sex with him, sent her a nude photo, and on one occasion even stabbed her with a steak knife.

Officers arrested Blea on Wednesday and booked him into the San Miguel County Jail. Blea is charged with criminal sexual penetration of a child, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal sexual communication with a child.

Ella Arellano, the superintendent of Mora Independent Schools, said Blea was not an employee of the district but rather a volunteer involved with the team for the 2016-17 season. NMPS initially reported Blea was a coach for Mora.

Arellano said Blea graduated from Mora High School and worked with a coach who has since retired. KOB learned Blea also had been involved with the Pecos High School basketball team this past season.

The Mora superintendent is surprised by the accusations. She says she never heard any complaints about Blea from students.

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