Las Cruces man pleads guilty to attempted sexual assault of a teenage hitchhiker

LAS CRUCES, NM (KTSM) - A 38-year-old Las Cruces man plead guilty to picking up a 14-year-old runaway hitchhiker in Arizona and later sexually assaulting her in federal court last week.

Ignacio Salcido Jr. plead guilty to transporting a minor in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity. In the plea agreement, Salcido agreed to pay $210,012 in restitution to any victim who requests restitution prior to sentencing. He also will be sentenced to 120 to 135 months in prison and be required to register as a sex offender as part of the plea.

Salcido picked up the teen while driving back from San Diego. He was driving with his young on and a 23-year-old woman he had also picked up at a San Diego area mall. Witnesses claim that Salcido attempted to sexually assault the teen on several occasions during the trip while she was sleeping inside his vehicle.

He then took the three people in his vehicle to Juarez where he again attempted to sexually assault the victim while the two witnesses weren't in the vehicle.

After returning to the U.S. Salcido reportedly took the victim, his son and the 23-year-old woman to his home where he forced himself onto the teenager, according to the complaint.

On August 23, his son reported the alleged sexual assault to school officials in Las Cruces which led to his arrest by LCPD.

April 12, 2017 Salcido plead guilty to the indictment and admitted to transporting the teen in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in sexual intercourse with her.

Salcido remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.


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