Sex case charges dropped

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Felony sexual count dismissed against former pest control technician

By Carol A. Clark

Had his wife not stayed by his side through the ordeal of court hearings and public humiliation, Charles Herrera said he likely would be dead.

Herrera, 63, of Nambé describes how a claim of criminal sexual penetration filed against him by a Los Alamos woman threw his life into a tailspin.

“Not counting all the pain and suffering and stress, not being able to sleep at night these last eight months, not knowing what was going to happen – the only thing that saved me was my wife who stuck with me,” Herrera said. “If not for her I probably would not be around here. I would have committed suicide.”  

Herrera said he has been married nearly 29 years and has worked as a serviceman for Terminix and its predecessor for a combined 35 years.

“I’ve never had a mark against me until October,” he said. “It was a nightmare and it’s going to stay with me the rest of my life.”

Herrera explained he had provided pest control services to a local woman for many years. Last July, he was working at a customer’s home in her neighborhood and said because it was spider and ant season he stopped by her home to ask if she wanted treatment for those pests.

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