ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Metropolitan Detention Center officer is accused of raping an inmate inside the District Courthouse while she was cuffed and shackled. Enock Arviso is now a former MDC officer, charged with rape and in custody at his former workplace.
The victim’s attorney worries there may be more victims out there.
“She was completely vulnerable, being cuffed both at the wrists and at the ankles, unable to get away from him,” said attorney Nicole Moss. “After it was over with, he just carried on his normal business. I’m worried he’s done this before and there are other victims out there.”
Bernalillo County deputies say on Monday, Arviso took the victim out of a courtroom to the back elevators that are used by inmates. He raped her once he had her by herself and away from cameras, according to the criminal complaint. Arviso denied the incident but later gave deputies a piece of paper which read, “This is an amended statement … I did have sex with inmate on 4/13/15.”
According to the complaint, Arviso injured the victim, causing trauma and bleeding. Moss says the victim was concerned about retaliation if she reported it to another MDC officer, but found a phone to call a hotline for inmates.
“She’s a very brave woman for doing this,” Moss said. “She actually was very scared about coming forward, but she found the strength and she reported it.”
Moss is concerned other officers knew or suspected what happened, but kept quiet.
“This woman and other inmates, these are our family members,” she said. “These are community members. She’s a mother. She’s a daughter.”