Suspect arrested on child molestation charges

Thomas Garcia

An illegal Mexican national, working in Tucumcari, was charged and arrested on Thursday on sexual molestation charges of a nine-year-old girl, police said.

Gerado Alcala Quinonez, 25, was charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a first degree felony. He also was charged with two charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a second degree felony, said Kim Crockett, Tucumcari Police Detective.

Crockett said that Quinonez was arrested and taken to the Quay Detention Center. He is currently being held on a $250,000 cash only bond and an Immigration and Naturalization Service hold.

“We contacted the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service after we arrested Quinonez and they placed a hold on him,” Crockett said. “Quinonez will face the charges here in the U.S. and face possible deportation afterwards.”

Crockett said that she responded to a call from the Tucumcari Elementary School on a report of possible child abuse.

She met with a nine-year-old female who gave specific details about being molested over the course of three years, Crockett said.
“The child identified Quinonez as the suspect,” Crockett said.

Quinonez was contacted and came into the police department at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to be interviewed and questioned with officer Lorenzo Emillio serving as a translator, Crockett said

Crockett said during the course of the interview Quinonez admitted to each of the incidents described by the child.

“I am very saddened by the fact another child has been victimized,” said Police Chief Roger Hatcher in a press release. “I am very pleased with the work of the officers involved in bringing this case to a close so rapidly, an insuring the safety of this child.”

On Friday, Quinonez had not been arraigned. An official with the Quay County Magistrate’s office said the office is lcoating a translator so that an arraignment could be scheduled.