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Fri March 7, 2014
Local and State News

Sexual Assault Suit Woman Suing Former New Mexico Parole Officer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has filed a lawsuit against the state Corrections Department and a former probation officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman.

Gordon Chavez was sentenced this week to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty in September to a civil rights violation.

The ACLU's suit filed on behalf of a parolee who alleges that Chavez violated her constitutional rights.

It also claims the New Mexico Corrections Department was negligent for failing to provide adequate information and resources for probationers to report parole officer misconduct.

Corrections officials didn't directly respond to the lawsuit Thursday, saying misconduct won't be tolerated within their ranks.

Chavez was accused of groping the woman and asking her for naked photos of herself in November 2012.