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Peñasco man convicted of raping teen gets 10 years

By John Miller | The Taos NewsMay 23, 2019

TAOS — A Peñasco man who pleaded guilty in December to three counts of raping a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison.

“You took accountability, which is important,” said state District Judge Emilio Chavez in Taos, addressing 45-year-old James Brown during the sentencing hearing.

As part of Brown’s sentence, Chavez recommended he undergo rehabilitation in prison and said he would be registered as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Brown was charged in October 2017 with 12 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor. He was accused of raping the girl — the daughter of a woman he knew — multiple times between March and September 2017. Forensic evidence gathered in an investigation into the allegations against Brown showed he had raped the girl, according to reports.

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