Police have arrested a 57-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting a young girl who, at the time, considered him to be a close relative.
Carlos Prudencio Colorbio, 57, of the 1200 block of Fountain Loop, is charged with one second-degree felony count of criminal sexual contact of a minor.
Las Cruces police learned of the allegations on Aug. 11, 2020 and were told the incident occurred between May and August 2019 when the girl was only 11 years old. Investigators learned the girl was staying the night with a cousin whose step-grandfather is Colorbio. The victim indicated to investigators that she also referred to Colorbio as “grandpa” even though they are not related.
Investigators learned that during the night, while the girl was asleep, Colorbio touched her inappropriately. The girl told investigators she woke up and Colorbio stopped the contact and walked away. The girl did not disclose the incident to her mother until Aug. 10, 2020.
Investigators learned that Colorbio spoke to a relative in August 2020 at which time he acknowledged the inappropriate contact.
Colorbio was arrested Thursday morning and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he will initially be held without bond.