LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KTSM) – A Las Cruces soccer coach was arrested after allegedly taking a 16-year-old girl to get her nipples pierced.
According to a criminal complaint filed in magistrate court, Victor Gutierrez, 26, is charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a fourth-degree felony.
Las Cruces police told NewsChannel 9 that Gutierrez was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on March 3 but was released after posting a $10,000 cash-only bond.
According to police, Gutierrez met the girl through coaching and the two would talk on a regular basis on social media.
In addition to coaching a club soccer team, Gutierrez is the former boys’ soccer coach at Mayfield High School.
However, Jo Galvan, a spokesperson with Las Cruces Public Schools, told NewsChannel 9 his contract expired before the allegations surfaced because he was a seasonal employee.
Galvan added that he would not be rehired.
On Monday, NewsChannel 9 went to Gutierrez’s home on the 1400 block of Lees Drive in Las Cruces.
When asked about the allegations, Gutierrez declined to comment and referred a reporter to his attorney.
Meanwhile, students and parents told NewsChannel 9 they were surprised by the allegations.
Rian Quinones, a student at Mayfield, said, “I heard about it in the middle of math class. I’m pretty sure not a lot of people know. I found out over social media. It was just really odd. It’s not normal. I think it’s wrong.”
Raymundo Real’s son goes to Mayfield and told NewsChannel 9, “It’s a crying shame that a coach takes advantage of a student. We are out here to protect them then something like this happens.”
According to court documents, Gutierrez picked the 16-year-old up form from another high school on Jan. 17 and took her to a tattoo shop in Las Cruces.
Before taking her back to school, the two went to Peter Piper Pizza for lunch, according to the complaint.
Gutierrez is also accused of paying for and taking pictures of the girl’s piercings.
Police said, under New Mexico law, a parent or legal guardian must be present for a minor to get a tattoo or piercing. They said Gutierrez “facilitated the acts to enable the 16-year-old to be pierced without her parents’ consent or knowledge.”
Police also believe Gutierrez may have taken other underage girls to get their body parts pierced as well and are asking anyone with additional information to call police at 575-526-0795.
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