Former detective pleads guilty to raping teen

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A former police detective, who once investigated child abuse and sex crimes, pleaded guilty Thursday to raping a 17-year-old.

Michael Garcia was working for the Las Cruces Police Department when he sexually assaulted the high school intern during a ride along in 2011.

Garcia will serve nine years in federal prison for violating the teen’s civil rights.

He’s also accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl but that case is still working it’s way through district court.

The student ride along program was suspended after the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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