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Criminal complaint: Las Cruces man abused three children, forced them to watch porn, stole Border Patrol agent’s gun

By: Genevieve Curtis

Las Cruces, N.M.-- A Las Cruces man is accused of molesting three children under 12 and stealing a gun from a Border Patrol agent.

KFOX14 obtained the criminal complaint for 22-year-old Jaime Moore.

Moore is charged with 14 charges stemming from abusing three children under the age of 12 beginning in February 2012.

The criminal complaint says over several months, Moore repeatedly raped an 11-year-old girl, sometimes in front of her two younger siblings.

Moore also allegedly molested a 4-year-old girl and forced the three children to watch pornography.

The affidavit goes on to say that one time while Moore was raping the 11-year-old girl, her 8-year-old brother was hitting Moore with a broom, trying to get him to stop.

Court documents go on to say Moore forced the children to watch porn and masturbated in front of them.

Police also arrested Moore for a separate incident after he allegedly stole a handgun, a credit card and a badge from a Border Patrol agent's vehicle.

KFOX14 went to Moore's home but despite an open door, no one answered when we knocked.

Neighbors said cops flooded the street when they arrested Moore.

"We've been suspicious of that house. They throw a lot of parties, it's really loud all the time, there's a lot of sketchy people coming in and out and we've never known what's going on and then there's cops everywhere. We weren't really surprised. But that many cops were pretty surprising," said Mark Ricketts, who lives nearby.

Ricketts said it was "mind-blowing" to learn why Moore was arrested.

"You never think -- I mean, you hear about that stuff on the news but you never think it's going to be that close to home," said Ricketts.

Court documents also show Moore allegedly threatened to kill the children and their family members if they reported the abuse.

Donna Richmond, the executive director of La Pinon Sexual Assault Recovery Services in Las Cruces, offers counseling and help for victims of sexual abuse, including children.

Richmond said survivors of abuse take different paths to healing but it's important to remember, they're not alone.

"They did nothing wrong and it's not their fault, and it's not the child's fault, it is the perpetrator's fault. They are usually experienced at this, they have put together a plan, they've targeted the child and they know how to manipulate things," said Richmond.

Richmond said many times the parents have the hardest time dealing with the abuse that the child has experienced.

"Mostly parents blame themselves: 'Why didn't I know, why didn't I see this happening?'" said Richmond.

Richmond said victims manifest symptoms differently -- bed-wetting, physical pain, or the child may know more about the private areas or about sexual acts. However, victims may not show any symptoms at all.

If you suspect abuse, you can contact La Pinon at 575-526-3537.

Moore is in the Dona Ana Detention Center on a $50,00 cash only bond.

 

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