Former WLV security guard charged in rape of student

Former WLV security guard charged in rape of student

From the Las Vegas Optic

Content Warning: This story contains descriptions of sexual abuse that may be triggering and upsetting for some readers. Discretion is advised. 

A former West Las Vegas Middle School security guard has been arrested and charged with 15 felony counts following a lengthy investigation by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General.

Abran Paul Ulibarri, 52, was arrested Thursday and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. He is accused of forcefully performing sexual acts on a 14-year-old girl who was a student at West Las Vegas Middle School when Ulibarri was a security guard for the school. Ulibarri no longer works for the district, Superintendent Chris Gutierrez confirmed to the Optic Thursday.

Ulibarri has been charged with three counts second-degree criminal sexual penetration of a child using force or coercion, four counts second-degree criminal sexual contact with a minor by a person in a position of authority, six counts false imprisonment, bribery of a witness and criminal solicitation to commit tampering with evidence.

The charges were filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court Jan. 20, and he was arrested the next day. He appeared in Fourth Judicial District Court Thursday where prosecutors have filed a motion seeking to hold him without bond until trial.

The charges come after an investigation by the OAG which began in May 2019, court records show. A police report was filed with the Las Vegas Police Department on May 21, 2019, about an “ongoing sexual relationship” between Ulibarri and an eighth grade student at West Las Vegas Middle School.