Former police chief accused of sexually assaulting woman takes plea deal

Shane Harger
Shane Harger

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The former police chief who sexually assaulted a young woman in his custody has pleaded no contest.

State Police say Shane Harger pulled over an 18-year-old woman in 2014, attacked her then threatened her telling her not to tell anyone.

In court Tuesday, Harger pleaded no contest to false imprisonment, battery and tampering with evidence. Harger faces up to nine years.

The plea agreement prohibits Harger from every being allowed to work as a law enforcement officer again. 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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