Isleta Pueblo police officer accused of raping DWI suspect

December 2, 2021 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A now-former tribal police officer for a pueblo near Albuquerque faces felony charges accusing him of raping a woman he had arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Leon Martin,, 22 on Thursday remained jailed after being booked Tuesday on charges of criminal sexual penetration, false imprisonment, demanding a bribe and violation of ethical principles of public service.

Isleta Pueblo Gov. Vernon Abeita said in a statement that Martin no longer was an officer for the pueblo’s police department and that the department was cooperating with a New Mexico State Police investigation.

Martin’s arrest followed a Nov. 24 report by a woman that Martin raped her several days earlier following a car crash.

Online court records didn’t list an attorney who could comment on Martin’s behalf regarding the allegations.