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Santa Fe man convicted of raping child

February 20, 2019

A Santa Fe jury convicted 60-year-old David Hyams of Santa Fe on two counts of criminal sexual penetration and one count of criminal sexual contact stemming from accusations that he twice raped the 10-year-old daughter of an acquaintance in 2014.

District Attorney Marco Serna said in an email Tuesday “I am thankful to and proud of the brave, young victim who traveled from Hawaii to testify at trial, and for the service of the jury as they swiftly deliberated agreeing with our prosecution.”

Serna’s office said Hyams was taken into custody immediately following the jury verdict Monday and could be sent to prison for up to 45 years when sentenced sometime within the next month.

A Santa Fe Police Department report said Hyams assaulted the child in July 2014. She didn’t tell anyone until September of that year.

According to the report, the girl told officers she was watching a television program with her father about the rape of women in the Middle East when she asked her father what it meant, and he explained it to her and told her rape was illegal, which she hadn’t known before that.

Hyams’ attorney did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.