ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A statewide audit found three convicted child molesters were living at addresses for three state-registered home child care providers.
The problem was first revealed last week in a 75-page report by the state's Legislative Finance Committee.
On Tuesday, the addresses of the home providers were revealed.
One of those providers was Judy Montoya, who is registered with the state to provide child care services out of her home near Lomas and Juan Tabo. However, the state sex offender registry shows her grandson, Phillip Montoya, also lives with her.
In 2004, Montoya pled no contest to charges that he raped a 12-year-old girl. He is currently a sex offender.
Judy Montoya's registration was pulled by CYFD once the state discovered Montoya was living at the same address.
"I don't want to talk about it, I'm sorry," Montoya told News 13. "It's just, it's done and that's all."
Before slamming the door, Montoya insisted having children over was safe.
Another registered provider uncovered through the audit was Isabel Barela. Her son, Louie Barela, was convicted for repeatedly molesting a young boy.
Louie Barela listed his home address at his mother's home in the South Valley, although Isabel Barela told News 13 he lived in a trailer on her property and not in the home itself.
"I followed rules and regulations in my home," Isabel Barela said. "I didn't do anything wrong."
The legislative audit also found convicted child molester Jeremy Calabaza was living at another registered home in Algodones.
All three providers had their state registrations revoked by CYFD after the problem was uncovered in June.
The problem was caused because CYFD did not cross-check addresses of registered providers with the sex offender registry, something CYFD secretary Yolanda Berumen-Deines told News 13 last week the department is now doing.
"What we're doing now is working towards a fully-automated system by the end of the year where we will be able to regularly cross-check against the sex offender registry," said Berumen-Deines.
That same audit also identified millions of dollars of potential waste, fraud and abuse from daycare providers inflating the numbers they reported to the state for reimbursement.
New Mexico is one of only 19 states that doesn't restrict where sex offenders can live, although offenders do have some notification requirements and many on probation do have residential restrictions.
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