Corrections officer charged with giving alcohol to minors

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A 21-year-old corrections officer is facing charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and selling or giving alcohol to a minor after deputies found several drunk minors in his house Saturday, two of whom had to be transported to the hospital.

Christopher Aragon, who lives at 28 Salida Del Sol in the Tomé Vista subdivision, was taken to the Valencia County Detention Center, where he posted a $10,000 cash or surety bond and was released.

According to a Valencia County sheriff's report, deputies had been dispatched to Aragon's neighbor's house when a man was heard pounding on the door. When the deputies arrived, they saw a man in Aragon's backyard.

The deputies had ordered the man to walk toward the deputies, but according to the report, he ran. When the deputies failed to find the man, they returned to the house and spoke with Aragon, who told them he was the home owner, and said there was "a bunch of minors in his house."

The report said Aragon allowed the deputies into the house "to make sure the minors were OK due to the nature of the call." When the deputies went inside, they found a beer pong table, 10 cups of beer in a triangle shape on the table, beer cans in the kitchen and a trash can "over flowing with beer cans and liquor bottles."

"Sitting up leaning against the kitchen counter was an unresponsive male," the report said. "(His) face was marked up with black permanent marker. I attempted to talk to (him) but he was not responding …"

As the deputies walked throughout the house, they saw another boy lying on the floor. In the master bedroom, the deputies found seven juveniles attempting to hid behind a bed and couch. In all, there were 12 minors found hiding in numerous areas of the house.

The minors, under the age of 21, were given preliminary breath tests. Of those, 11 were found to have had alcohol in their systems, and cited for minor in possession, including two under the age of 18. The minors blew from a .03 blood alcohol content to a .43.

After issuing the minors their citations, Aragon asked to talk to the deputy privately. He told the deputy he worked for the New Mexico Corrections Department, and had just taken a test for the New Mexico State Police, which he said he had passed.

"Christopher stated he knows it's my decision on whether or not if I arrest him, and he just wanted to let me know that," the report said.

Two of the minors were transported to hospitals in Albuquerque, because one was unresponsive, and another was uncooperative.


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