Las Cruces man charged with sexual assault of woman

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - Las Cruces Police arrested 29-year-old man who is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman Monday night inside her home.

John A. Huerta, 29, is charged with two counts of sexual penetration and one misdemeanor count of criminal sexual contact.

According to LCPD, Huerta and the 24-year-old victim were smoking marijuana together in the woman's bedroom Monday evening when Huerta allegedly attempted to touch the woman. She reportedly refused his advances and for a brief time, Huerta complied.

Shortly after, Huerta allegedly forced his way onto the woman and held her hands behind her back. The victim told detectives that the incident lasted a few minutes before Huerta left her bedroom.

The woman reported the alleged incident to LCPD around 5 p.m. Tuesday evening. Huerta was arrested later in the evening and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he is being held on a cash only $25,000 bond.


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