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Briefs 01-24-13

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By Associated Press

Ex-NM paramedic convicted in creek bed child rape

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A former paramedic was convicted on Wednesday of raping an 11-year-old boy in an Albuquerque creek bed.
A state District Court jury found Genaro Sandoval, 39, guilty of four counts, including criminal sexual penetration of a child under 13, kidnapping and sexual exploitation of a child. The jury reached its verdict after a few hours of deliberation following a two-week long trial that centered on DNA evidence.
Authorities said Sandoval was linked to the 2003 rape using DNA samples he submitted after pleading guilty in another case and DNA from the young boy’s underwear.
Defense lawyers argued that the victim never identified Sandoval as the one involved in the assault, and that the DNA evidence may have been tainted due to a scandal at the Albuquerque Police Department’s evidence room involving allegations of theft and mismanagement.
Sandoval is scheduled to be sentenced on April 12 and faces up to 41 ½ years in the prison, authorities said. He is being held without bond.
Sandoval is also separately charged with molesting five other boys in creek beds.

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