By Steve Neavling
A Border Patrol agent convicted of coercing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him in 2014 and 2015 was sentenced Thursday to 29 months in prison.
Orland Gomez, 43, of Las Cruces, was arrested in August 2016 after the victim revealed the inappropriate relationship to a relative, KVIA reports .
The victim told authorities that Gomez threatened to kill himself if she didn’t have sex with him.
Gomez was convicted after pleading no contest to two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor in the fourth degree.
The victim urged the judge to impose the maximum sentence of 36 months.
“I commend the victim in this case for the courage she demonstrated in coming forward to report this crime,” Doña Ana County District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said. “But for the courageousness of this young girl and victims like her, too many of these crimes would go unreported and unprosecuted.”
Gomez also is required to registers as a sex offender for the rest of his life.