Prosecutors: Detective falsely reported child rape suspect
DEMING, N.M. (AP) — A detective in southern New Mexico is facing charges of falsely reporting a child rape suspect.
The Deming Headlight reports Bobby Brookhouser, an 18-year veteran of the Luna County Sheriff's Office, is facing charges of perjury, a fourth-degree felony, and a misdemeanor charge of false reporting.
Brookhouser is accused of filing an arrest warrant and criminal complaint stating a suspect in a 2017 child rape case admitted to the crime.
But court documents say the suspect never gave a verbal confession.
Luna County Sheriff's Office Captain Jose Martinez says the 57-year-old Brookhouser is on paid administrative leave.
No attorney is listed for Brookhouser in court records.
Information from: Headlight, http://www.demingheadlight.com