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. 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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