DA files charges against county treasurer after investigation
District Attorney Mark D’Antonio has filed charges against Doña Ana County Treasurer David Gutierrez based on an accusation that Guiterrez offered a woman working in his office $2,000 to have sex with him.
The charges were filed after county commissioners asked the district attorney to investigate the treasurer.
“After a thorough investigation, I decided there is enough evidence to present this case to a grand jury,” D’Antonio said.
Gutierrez is charged with using public office to obtain personal benefit, or, in the alternative, failure of a public official to conduct one’s self in a manner that justifies public confidence, or, in the alternative, failure of a public official to disclose conflict of interest, all fourth-degree felonies.
D’Antonio added that his office is continuing to investigate civil proceedings that would remove Gutierrez from office.
Under New Mexico law, the district attorney is authorized to investigate and bring civil action to remove a county official accused of unethical conduct.