Man pleads guilty to 2015 rape at Las Cruces senior center

LAS CRUCES (AP) – A man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman with multiple sclerosis at a senior living center in Las Cruces last year.

Prosecutors say the trial of 26-year-old Peter Lucero was entering its second day Tuesday before he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration and false imprisonment.

They say the 50-year-old woman was wary about having to testify because of her disability and the graphic nature of her needed testimony.

Prosecutors say Lucero faces a prison sentence of up to 10 ½ years and will have to register as a sex offender for life.

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