For Immediate Release:
October 20, 2022
Contact: Jerri Mares – (505) 321-4372
ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced an indictment for former Maintenance Technician/Detention Officer Nathan D. Sena. Nathan Sena was employed by the GEO Group, Inc. and was directed to act in the role of detention officer, where he had access and authority over the women at the facility. Beginning in November 2021, Sena, acting in his official capacity as a detention officer for a New Mexico Women’s Recovery Academy treatment facility, preyed upon women under his control at the facility. He engaged in multiple sexual acts, which resulted in eight charges of criminal sexual penetration as a person in a position of authority.
“Detention officers are charged with the safety and security of inmates, and no one in a position of authority has a right to sexually exploit those entrusted to their care,” said Attorney General Balderas.
The State has filed a pretrial detention for Sena to prevent further access and harm to any other vulnerable members of the community.
The case was investigated by special agents from the Human Trafficking Unit of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Ashley Schweizer and Jonathan Gardner. Although Sena has been charged, he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
A copy of the indictment and the State’s motion for pretrial detention is attached.