New Mexico woman charged with hate crime

Dona Ana County Detention Center
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:52pm

A realative of a 17-year-old girl was arrested and charged with abuse and a hate crime by the Dona Ana County Sheriffs after her alleged reaction to a teenage relative's sexual preference.

Magdo Haro, 40, was taken into custody on Tuesday after the teen told investigators she was repeatedly beaten with a shoe by a family member after the girl confessed that she was gay.

According to statements made to investigators, the girl was told she was “not to wear boy clothes anymore, only girl clothes,” and that she would have to start attending church with her grandmother.

The girl also said she was forced to undress in front of Haro to “show her she was a woman and not a man.” The girl reported that Haro then demanded that she perform sex acts on herself, so the girl complied out of fear that she was going to be sexually assaulted by Haro.

Haro was arrested late on Tuesday afternoon on charges of criminal sexual penetration and child abuse. She was transported to the Doña Ana County Detention Center where she was released three hours later on a $25,000 secured bond.

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