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Las Cruces man accused of battery, sexual assault

By: Jesse Martinez
LAS CRUCES, N.M. Police arrested a man accused of forcing a 29-year-old woman to have sex with him, officials said.

Police said Oscar Chavira, 45, was drinking alcohol with a 29-year-old woman and eventually fell asleep Sunday evening.

At one point, Chavira woke up and forced the woman to have sex with him, police said.

Police also believe Chavira struck the womans face with the back of his hand.

Chavira was arrested Monday on one count each of criminal sexual penetration and battery against a household member.

He was booked into the county jail with bail set at $50,000.