Former police chief enters plea in rape case

Former Jemez Police Chief Shane Harger
Former Jemez Police Chief Shane Harger

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The former police chief, accused of raping a young woman in his custody, pleaded not guilty Monday.

Shane Harger, the former Jemez police chief, is charged with kidnapping, rape and extortion in connection with a January traffic stop. That is where he allegedly pulled over and detained an 18-year-old woman, raped her, and threatened her if she told anyone.

Harger was fired by the village council in February, days after another incident at the Sunport.

He was trying to fly with ID’s with two different names and got mouthy with the Sunport police when they questioned him. Prosecutors brought up that incident in court Monday saying he is a flight risk.

“He did have two different forms of ID which is a concern for the state while this case being investigated by New Mexico State Police,” prosecutors said. “He falsely told state police advised by two prosecutors from our office to obtain an alias which is not true,”

The judge agreed on a $250,000 cash or surety bond.

Harger is being held in the Sandoval County Detention Center away from other from other inmates, because of his ties to law enforcement. 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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