Former Pecos coach at center of child rape lawsuit indicted on federal charges

Former Pecos coach at center of child rape lawsuit indicted on federal charges

From the Las Vegas Optic

A former Pecos High School boys basketball assistant coach has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of using interstate commerce to entice or coerce minor girls into sexual activity.

Joshua G. Rico, 25, was arrested Friday and appeared in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque Monday morning where he was ordered held until an arraignment hearing. That hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The federal indictment accuses Rico of using the internet to force four girls under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity. The charges detail five instances that took place between May 2016 and January 2020. Each charge carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of life in prison. The indictment also seeks the forfeiture of three iPhones suspected of being used by Rico.

Rico was named in a recent lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that accuses the Pecos Independent School District of having a “history of indifference” toward child rape and sexual abuse.