Former guard pleads not guilty to CSP of inmate

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A former guard captain at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he raped a male inmate several times in 2011.

Kenneth Carrejo pleaded not guilty to four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a former inmate who claimed the former guard captain forced him to engage in sexual acts.

In May, the former inmate's attorney Matthew Coyte filed a lawsuit claiming Carrejo verbally abused the man, who is gay, based on his sexual orientation. The lawsuit, which names Carrejo and Anthony Romero, who was warden at the prison, says Carrejo threatened physical harm against the man if he did not comply with engaging in sexual acts.

The suit says Romero tried to derail FBI investigators who were conducting an undercover probe into the alleged rapes.

Carrejo was released on his own recognizance after District Court Judge Violet Otero ruled he was allowed to travel out-of-state for employment purposes.

Carrejo was indicted on four counts of criminal sexual penetration by a Valencia County grand jury last month.

According to the lawsuit, Carrejo allegedly told Morgan if he told anybody "he would be thrown off of the laundry building" and have it be made to look as if another inmate did it. The suit says Morgan collected DNA evidence of his rapes and hid them in his cell.

The suit claims Romero called New Mexico State Police and the officers who responded to interrogate the inmate were Carrejo's brothers, Leroy and Robert Carrejo.


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