FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 3, 2019
Contact: Matt Baca (505) 270-7148
Albuquerque, NM–Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the
Attorney General, in conjunction with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s office, secured a
three-count conviction of a Pecos man for the rape of his two-year-old daughter. Selito Dos Santos
was convicted on two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and one criminal sexual
contact of a minor. Dos Santos was sentenced to 36 years in prison for these offenses.
“A parent’s most important obligation is to protect their children, not to turn a two year old’s life
into a nightmare,” said Attorney General Balderas. “I am grateful to District Attorney Flores and
that we were able to secure justice for the child survivor in this horrific case.”
Dos Santos was convicted of sexually assaulting his then two-year-old daughter in 2017. Today,
he was sentenced to 36 years of incarceration at the Department of Corrections on two counts of
criminal sexual penetration of a minor and a single count of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
After completing this 36-year prison sentence, Dos Santos will serve an undetermined period of
sex-offender parole of between five and 20 years and will be required to register as a sex offender.
This case was investigated by the New Mexico State Police and prosecuted by the New Mexico
Office of the Attorney General, in conjunction with the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.