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Man sentenced to 32 years for sexual offense against a child.

CLOVIS (KSMX)- A Clovis man was sentenced to 32 years on multiple counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration for a sexual offense against a child.

Ninth Judicial District Attorney, Andrea Reeb, announced that today, Dino Paul Lucero, 36, of Clovis, was sentenced to 32 years in the New Mexico Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea to multiple counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration for a sexual offense against a child.

Lucero had previously been convicted of Criminal Sexual Penetration in 2011, but had been released after serving a 7-year sentence.

Due to concerns over the COVID-19, the victim was not allowed to be present in the courtroom but her mother provided a statement to the court.

“I can’t begin to tell you how much this has affected us. My daughter is broken… I can’t fix this,” wrote the victim’s mother.

In pronouncing the sentence, District Judge Fred Van Soelen remarked, “I don’t think you understand, or any of us can really understand, the damage that you have done to this victim, her family, and even your own family. This is a harsh sentence but the reason for it is just your own actions.”

Lucero has been in custody since the time of his arrest on July 19, 2019, and will now be transferred to the Department of Corrections to begin serving his sentence. Lucero’s sentence is a serious violent offense which means that he must complete at least 85% of the sentence.

Lucero will also be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Chief Deputy District Attorney, Brian Scott Stover prosecuted the case for the State and criminal defense attorney, Jonathan Miller, of Albuquerque, represented Lucero.

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