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    NM - Cop quits job, marries pregnant 15-year-old he met during traffic stop

    http://www.cbs12.com/template/cgi-bi...7/l527yGuL.xml

    former Truth of Consequences police officer Noah Pestak could face a statutory rape charge after he married the pregnant teenager last month.

    "It's not like he met this girl and she lied about her age. He (Pestak) picked up this little girl," Baca said. "If this was anybody else, he'd already be in jail. Because he's a former police officer and a judge's son is the only reason he's free right now."

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    State has two laws. One criminalizes sex of an adult with someone under 16.
    The other permits marriage to a girl under 16 if she is pregnant.
    Good luck figuring that one out.
    Just my opinion

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    It sounds like it's time to change the law, but I can't see how he could be prosecuted for something that's legal.

    This state is weird. The courts can allow a child under 16 to marry with permission of the court. There doesn't seem to be a minimum age - once a girl reaches puberty and can become pregnant, she is available for marriage if a court gives permission. Weird weird.

    Further complicating this is apparently it's the cop's dad's court that okayed this? Hm.

    http://statelaws.findlaw.com/new-mex...ents-laws.html

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    He is 29 !!!! I was thinking maybe 21, 22. Crazy, but still he could have been immature etc. No, 29 is a full grown mature man. Put him in jail for rape !!

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    July 2012:

    New Mexico State Police say a 29-year-old former deputy attempted to pay for an abortion to cover up his sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl he met while on duty...

    ...the teen changed her mind after missing the appointment. Prosecutor Scot Key said Pestak hoped the abortion would “get rid of potential evidence” of a criminal sexual relationship with a minor...

    Since abortion did not cover his tracks, the 29-year-old former police officer turned to “Plan B”: marriage.

    Two judges refused to authorize the marriage before state District Court Judge Kevin Sweazea issued the wedding license....

    The age of consent in New Mexico is 16, or 18 if the adult is in a position of authority...

    Sheriff Joe Baca said state law required the three judges to report the rape to authorities, but they did not do so. In New Mexico, a 15-year-old can only get married if she is pregnant.

    “I would ask that all three judges step down, because what they did is something immoral,” Baca said.
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/fm...irl-police-say
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    July 2012:

    Noah Pestak turned himself in Friday morning after State Police obtained a warrant for his arrest on three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one count of attempting to tamper with evidence...

    The girl’s father, Chester Hamilton, previously told the Journal that, while he was initially enraged by the officer’s relationship with his daughter, he no longer wants him prosecuted.

    “What he (Noah Pestak) did was wrong, but by them putting charges on him now, putting him in prison, would leave my daughter a teenage mom on welfare and that’s something I don’t want either,” Hamilton told the Journal in June...

    After the girl returned the money for the abortion to Pestak, she and her father filed a report with State Police because they were concerned that Pestak would not provide financial support for the child and might retaliate against them.

    Five days later, Noah Pestak and the girl, accompanied by Hamilton, obtained a marriage license from Sweazea after the judge held a hearing to determine that the girl was both pregnant and wanted to marry.
    http://www.abqjournal.com/120881/new...with-rape.html

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    July 2012:

    29 year old Noah Pestak is set to go before a judge on statuatory rape charges. But tonight we've learned, the judge is ... his father...

    Because the case is in his dad's jurisdiction ...it automatically went to his courtroom...

    He will recuse himself and send the case to another judge.
    http://www.clipsyndicate.com/video/p...adcast_local_2

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    August 2014 - all 6 charges dismissed with prejudice (speedy trial).

    Case number D-721-CR-201200051
    https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/case...rect&session=T



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