Officer charged in juvenile detention center fight

Rachel deSantiago
Rachel deSantiago

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A youth program officer with the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center faces felony charges after allegedly asking one 17-year-old girl to beat up another.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Rachel deSantiago was named in a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. The complaint says deSantiago promised to get the girl who gave the beating something in return for her actions. The 17-year-old victims had allegedly been causing problems.

The attacker struck the other girl 15 times in the head and face during the assault.

A spokesman for the Youth Services Center says deSantiago is on paid administrative leave and that she has never faced formal disciplinary action prior to this incident. 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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