San Miguel County man accused of raping 14-year-old girl

San Miguel County man accused of raping 14-year-old girl

From the Las Vegas Optic

A 21-year-old man from Serafina was arrested this week, charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in June of 2020.

Edward C. Bustamante was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center Monday, charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration, third-degree felonies.

The girl reported the rape in early April, telling New Mexico State Police officers that in late June of 2020, she and a friend had snuck out of the house to go see Bustamante and another man.

Later that evening, as the girls were getting a ride home, she told police that Bustamante sat with her and began rubbing her genitals with his hand, according to an arrest affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

The next day, she and some friends met up with Bustamante and others again, and the girl and Bustamante went for a ride in his vehicle. She said that while riding with him, she told him she was 14 because a friend had told him she was 18.

After driving awhile, she said Bustamante stopped near a tunnel and told her to get in the back seat. She said she thought they were just going to talk, but then Bustamante told her to remove her shorts. She told police she took them off because she felt like he’d pull them off if she didn’t remove them.