Details emerge in rape case

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By Lee Einer

A former Robertson High School teacher and coach had sex with a student throughout her school years, according to court documents.

Clayton "Jay" Quintana was arrested and charged Tuesday with a felony count of criminal sexual contact with a minor and 14 felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Quintana first emerged in January, when notice of a possible lawsuit in the matter  was filed by Santa Fe attorney Merit Bennett.

The details alleged in the affidavit paint a picture of depraved, constant sexual abuse extending over several years, from 2003 through 2006. His alleged victim is now 20, meaning that the abuse started when she was 14.

According to the affidavit, Quintana told her when she was in the ninth grade that he was attracted to her and wanted them to have "a relationship which would lead to sex and eventually, love."

The affadavit details how he forced her to touch his genitals with her hand not long after that, how he had unprotected sex with her in various places, including his bedroom, his daughter's bedroom, his bathroom, his pickup truck and her father's bedroom. The affadavit states that Quintana had sex with the victim roughly every week during her junior and senior years and at one point engaged in sodomy and oral sex with her as well.

The affidavit also alleges that Quintana had sex with his victim in a number of places on the school grounds, including his classroom weekly.

It was Quintana's alleged penchant for sex in varied surroundings that was his eventual downfall. The victim identified various potential places where Quintana's semen might be.

According to the affidavit, Quintana had sex with his victim in a room of the Robertson High School gym called variously the "golf simulator room" and "the virtual reality room," and this was one of the places she identified as one where Quintana's semen might be found.

Indeed, investigators found suspected bodily fluids on the carpet of the golf simulator room, and the New Mexico Crime Lab found upon DNA testing of the material that Quintana was "to a reasonable degree of scientific certainty"  the source of the semen on the carpet.

Quintana is held in lieu of $100,000 bond.