Roswell, NM ~ Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that former Dexter Police Chief, Mario Contreras, age 45, of Dexter, NM, was convicted yesterday by a Roswell jury of Stalking and Battery.
Several women in Dexter came forward last year accusing the police chief of stalking them, making crude gestures and touching them inappropriately. The New Mexico State Police investigated the case and arrested Contreras in December of 2015.
During the one-day trial, the jury heard testimony from the victims as well as the Mayor of Dexter, Mitch Daubert, and a NM State Police officer.
After the verdicts were announced about 8:00 pm last night, the Honorable E. J. Fouratt, Magistrate Judge, ordered that Contreras served 20 days in jail, to be followed by one and one-half years of probation. Contreras was also ordered to make a $500 donation to Refuge House and serve 40 hours of community service.
Defense attorney, S. Doug Jones Witt advised the court that they will file an appeal. Contreras was released on an appeal bond.
Andrea Reeb, District Attorney for the Ninth Judicial District, which includes Curry and Roosevelt counties, was appointed as a Special Prosecutor for this case. Criminal Defense attorney S. Doug Jones Witt, represented the defendant.
District Attorney Reeb stated that, “A copy of this conviction will be forwarded to the NM Law Enforcement Academy Board, requesting that Contreras’ certification be revoked. Contreras has used his position as a police officer to intimidate and harass women, and this should not be tolerated by the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy Board.”
For more information, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.