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Police: Man rapes young girl in grandmother's care

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 3:35pm

LAS CRUCES — Las Cruces Police arrested a man accused of raping a young girl while her grandmother was asleep at the home.

Richard Morales, said to have been in a relationship with the victim's grandmother, allegedly sexually molested the girl sometime between January 2011 and February of this year. Police said she is now seven years old.

He is charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a first-degree felony count.

Las Cruces Police learned that Morales, who was in a relationship with the girl’s grandmother, sexually molested the child one evening after her grandmother fell asleep.

Morales was also charged with violating terms of his parole and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center. He is being held without bond.

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