Former Jemez Springs police chief accused of rape gets no prison time

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

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – No prison time for a former police chief accused of raping a woman he pulled over.

Shane Harger was the chief of the Jemez Springs Police Department in 2014 when he pulled over a woman and three men. Another officer took the men into custody while Harger took the woman.

That woman says Harger raped her and threatened her if she told anyone. Harger later pleaded no contest to false imprisonment, battery and tampering with evidence as part of the plea agreement.

The rape charge was dropped.

Tuesday, the victim and family members asked a judge to give him the maximum 9 years.

The defense argued he has already served 28 days in solitary confinement and has already lost so much.

“I know that he’s lost contracting opportunities. He’s lost the job that he’s loved, devoted his entire life to, for the rest of his life. He will never be a peace officer again,” Harger’s attorney said.

Sandoval County District Judge George Eichwald sentenced him to five years supervised probation.

He said Harger can never be an 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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