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Sex offender facing up to three years

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Quintana pleaded guilty

By Karl Moffatt
Las Vegas Optic

Former day care operator and now convicted sex offender, Edward Quintana, 72, pleaded guilty Monday to attempted rape charges involving a young female family member back in 1995 and now faces up to three years in prison when sentenced.

Quintana, of the 2500 block of Montezuma Street, is already serving three years probation after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor before District Judge Abigail Aragon in late February in a separate case involving the sexual molestation of two young girls who had attended his day care facility in the past.

The latest case involves a family member who came forward as an adult and whose revelations led police to victims in the other case.

After pleading guilty to the latest charges Quintana was allowed to return home where he is confined under house arrest until sentencing at a later date. Quintana must undergo another evaluation for a pre-sentence report, which could take 45 to 60 days to complete, his attorney, Gerald Baca, said during the hearing.

Visiting District Court Judge Albert Mitchell out of Tucumcari took Quintana’s plea as all the other district judges at the San Miguel County courthouse were either recused or excused themselves from presiding over the case, Baca said after the hearing.

Meanwhile Quintana’s son, Michael, said following the hearing that his father was a sick man in need of sex offender treatment but that he also deserved to be sent to prison as punishment for what he did to the family member.

“Then it’ll be in God’s hands,” he said.

Under the plea agreement Quintana faces a possible sentence of zero to three years in prison after pleading guilty to  the two second-degree felony charges, which normally carry a maximum of nine years per charge, said Prosecutor Luann Linsalata of the District Attorney’s Office.