A 40-year-old New Mexico woman was arrested and charged with a hate crime on Tuesday for allegedly beating her 17-year-old daughter and sexually abusing her after her daughter told her she was, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
According to a complaint filed in Las Cruces Magistrate Court, Magdo Haro and her daughter had been arguing for a week after Haro discovered the girl’s sexuality. But this past Saturday, Haro allegedly threatened to assault the girl with a hanger and a plunger “so she would know what it was like to have sex with a woman.” Haro also allegedly forced the girl to touch herself in a sexual manner for the same reason. The girl also told authorities that Haro forced her to undress in order to “show her she was a woman, and not a man.”
KFOX-TV reported that the suspect attacked the girl with a shoe when the girl first came out to her. Later, Haro allegedly ordered her to attend church services with her grandmother and “not to wear boy clothes anymore, only girl clothes.”
Haro was charged with second-degree criminal sexual penetration and third-degree child abuse, but the hate crime designation could add an extra year to her sentence if she is found guilty. She was released from jail on a $25,000 secured bond. The Sun-News reported that, per FBI statistics, no hate crimes had been reported in the area since at least 2006.
“When we charge someone with an enhanced penalty because of that hate crime we’re sending a message that their criminal behavior isn’t going to be tolerated in this community,” Doña Ana County Sheriffs spokesperson Kelly Jameson told KFOX.
Watch KFOX’s report on Haro’s arrest, as aired on Wednesday, below.
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