ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Former University of New Mexico President Chris Garcia is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday after being charged with promoting prostitution through an Internet-based community of hookers and johns.
Albuquerque police arrested Garcia, 71, on Thursday and accused him of being a moderator on the SouthwestCompanions website. He posted a $35,000 bond later in the day and has yet to enter a plea or comment on the charges.
Garcia is due in Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court at 1:30 p.m. for his arraignment.
On Sunday Albuquerque police arrested David Flory whom they allege is the current owner of the 1,400-member website established in 2006. Flory, a physics professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, has a vacation home in Santa Fe and was arrested at a Nob Hill coffee shop in Albuquerque.
Additional arrests have been made in the case bringing the total to six.
Albuquerque Police Department Chief Ray Schultz and vice-unit Lt. William Roseman detailed the investigation that led to the arrests during a news conference Thursday . They said police first learned of the 6-year-old website from a woman arrested in December on prostitution, drug and child-abuse charges.
Roseman said investigators believe the website was not set up to make money but to create an online community where carefully vetted customers could arrangement meetings with prostitutes.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.