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Warrant sought for man accused of raping students

May 23, 2019

Prosecutors in the case against former Pecos High School assistant boys basketball coach Dominick Baca, who is accused of raping two female students, are seeking a bench warrant against him on suspicion that he violated the conditions of his release.

Thomas Clayton, deputy district attorney for the 4th Judicial District, filed the request May 16. In the document, he stated Baca drove to Albuquerque in March during the state high school basketball tournament and stayed overnight before returning to Santa Fe. That would be a violation of the conditions of Baca’s release, set by Judge Abigail Aragon in July, which prohibit Baca from leaving Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties without the court’s permission.

Baca faces three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor by school personnel and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor by school personnel. The alleged incidents occurred while he was an assistant coach at Pecos and the coordinator of the school’s GEAR-UP program, designed to increase the number of graduates who attend college, in 2017 and 2018.

Neither Clayton nor Thomas Clark, Baca’s attorney, returned phone messages left by The New Mexican.

In his request, Clayton said he was informed May 14 that Baca had been in Albuquerque on the final day of the state basketball tournament in March, although the request does not say Baca attended any games. According to the motion, the GPS monitoring device Baca is required to wear showed he left Santa Fe at 6:11 p.m. March 16 and reached a Red Robin restaurant in Albuquerque within 40 minutes, driving as fast as 93 mph at one point.

After spending five hours there, Baca went to a residence and the Drury Inn & Suites before staying at a Red Roof Inn for five hours. He returned to Santa Fe just before 7 a.m. March 17, the court document states.

The document states that investigator Kenneth Stumberg reviewed the data from Baca’s GPS device to determine where he went. Stumberg also visited the Red Roof Inn to talk to a staff member, who said Baca had checked into the hotel. Stumberg provided a copy of the registration form that showed Baca’s name and his address in Pecos.

Stumberg also provided a copy of Baca’s timecard with United Parcel Service, where he is employed.

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