A Duncan man accused of molesting and raping a 12-year-old girl in March 2020 has entered a plea agreement that guarantees that he serve some prison time.
John Holder pleaded guilty in Greenlee County Superior Court to sexual abuse and two counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor Sept. 20. Under the terms of the plea agreement, he is facing 2.5 to 7.5 years in prison on the sexual abuse count and mandatory lifetime probation on the other two charges with special sex offender terms.
According to a Greenlee County Sheriff’s Office report, the Silver City (N.M.) Police Department contacted deputies in March 2020 to report a possible sexual assault had taken place in a travel trailer in the Duncan area.
During a subsequent and lengthy investigation, the alleged victim told detectives she was visiting a relative in Duncan and while the relative was at work, the relative’s boyfriend, John Holder, held her down and sexually assaulted her twice.
Holder, 20, was arrested and charged May 25, 2021.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 12.