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           ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Troy Douglas Blaylock, Sr., 57, of Mescalero, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe, was charged in federal court on Sept. 22 with aggravated sexual abuse of a child and sexual abuse of a minor. The Court ordered Blaylock detained pending trial.

           A criminal complaint alleges that from late 2019 until Aug. 2020 Blaylock repeatedly sexually abused a minor victim, who is also an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe and was eight- and nine-years old during the time of the abuse. The alleged abuse took place in the defendant’s residence within the external borders of the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation.

           If convicted, Blaylock faces up to 15 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor and a minimum of 30 years and up to life in prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a child. A criminal complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

           The FBI investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa A. Ong is prosecuting the case.

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