Mistrial declared in case of former MDC guard accused of rape


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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former Metropolitan Detention Center guard accused of raping female inmates.

In court Friday, Enock Arvizo was found not guilty on one count of criminal sexual penetration of an inmate, but a decision could not be reached on the second count, resulting in a mistrial.

Enock Arvizo resigned from MDC in 2015 after an inmate claimed Arvizo raped her in the elevator at District Court while escorting her from a hearing.

After that, other inmates came forward claiming Arviso raped them. In all, Arviso was facing 11 counts of sexual assault.

The case that ended in a mistrial Friday was in regards to the elevator incident accusations.

The Attorney General’s Office said the first count referred to oral sex that Arvizo was accused of forcing the inmate into. The second count, which the jury could not agree on a verdict for, referred to rape.

He is set to go on trial in two other rape cases this summer.

He will eventually be retried for the second count, but is acquitted of the first count.Correction: The original version of this story implied that Arvizo had been found not guilty on all counts in this case. That information was incorrect. The article has been updated to reflect that. KRQE News 13 regrets the error.

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