Melrose Coach Sentenced to Prison
Clovis, NM- Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced that Allison Draper, 29, of Melrose, NM, was sentenced today for the sexual assault of a minor child. Yesterday, Draper pleaded guilty on what was supposed to be the first day of her trial, to charges of Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor, and 3 counts of Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor.
The crimes occurred for over a period of one year beginning when the victim was 14 years of age and a student at Melrose Schools. Draper was the victim’s volleyball coach.
At the hearing today, the Court heard statements from both families as well as the defendant and the victim. Assistant District Attorney Laura Talbert stated, “Assaults like this make us all hold on to our children a little tighter.”
The Honorable Stephen K. Quinn sentenced Draper to serve six years in prison, three of which were suspended in favor of supervised probation, and also ordered that Draper register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. Quinn stated, “Melrose is a great community who unite and come together when someone is in trouble or hurt. The defendant was responsible and worked with young people and was trusted by the community of Melrose. She breached that trust.” Quinn ordered that Draper be taken into immediate custody.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Laura Talbert. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney, Randall Harris.
For more information, please call the Office of the District Attorney, at 575-769-2246.