‘They’re making it look like we’re the evil people’

The parents of one boy who was molested in Truth or Consequences want their former acquaintances and current neighbors to know one thing—they’re not bad people. “That’s what I’m pissed off about,” said the father of the boy. “They’re making it look like we’re the evil people and it ain’t right.”

The father’s son was molested by Alejandro Hernandez, a now-24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to two counts of inappropriate contact with boys he was in charge of at a Truth or Consequences Boys and Girls Club last year. Now, the parents of one of those boys are suing Hernandez’s former employer, Rebecca Dow, who runs the organization. The boy and his parents are identified in the lawsuit only by initials.

Questions of what should be public in civil suit against House candidate

Media coverage and the question of whether certain documents should be made public are the most recent arguments between lawyers in a civil lawsuit against New Mexico legislative hopeful Rebecca Dow. In a motion filed Monday, Dow’s attorney Theresa Parrish asked the Sierra County district court to seal personnel documents in the case. Parrish wrote she was under the assumption that the plaintiff’s lawyer would not seek to release the documents. She wrote that she told the opposing counsel she ‘did not want to see these documents in the newspaper,’ and thought they were in agreement. Parrish’s motion comes after a lawsuit was filed against her client, Dow, alleging Dow is culpable for the actions of one of her former employees, Alejandro Hernandez.

House candidate faces deposition in civil case after ex-employee’s child rape conviction

A candidate for the state House of Representatives will have to answer questions about one of her former employees who pleaded guilty to raping one child and molesting another, according to a ruling by a district judge. The ruling comes after Rebecca Dow, a Republican looking to win election to a House seat in Truth or Consequences, allegedly stonewalled the mother of one of the two child victims from seeking information about the employee who molested her child. That employee, Alejandro Hernandez, worked for the Sierra County chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. He is now serving a six-year prison sentence for harming both children. Dow is president and founder of Sierra County Boys and Girls Club as well as the president and CEO of AppleTree Educational Center in Truth or Consequences.