Federal judge arrests man accused of sexually assaulting a boy in Young Park


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LAS CRUCES — Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that a man from Las Cruces was accused of forcing himself on a child in Young Park.

Shah Mahmood Selab, 35, is accused of seducing a child. According to an affidavit written by a Homeland Security Investigations agent, Las Cruces police received a call on Aug. 12 about a man forcing himself onto a 12-year-old boy in Young Park.

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The boy told forensic interviewers that Salab called him to a park bench and began showing him pornographic images. The boy said that then Selab started molesting him. When the boy tried to leave the area, he said Salab had punched him twice in the face before trying to lure him into his truck.

The boy said he managed to lock himself in the park’s toilet and tried to call 911. But the call fell through, the boy told the interviewers. He said Salab managed to open the barn door and grab him.

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Again the boy tried to leave, but he said Salab managed to hold on and beat him. The boy said Salab then harassed him again. The boy was able to escape when Salab entered a stable, he told interviewers.

The HSI officer said the boy had visible bruises on his face during forensic questioning.

A federal judge ordered Salab to remain in prison until his trial is resolved.

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Justin Garcia is a public safety reporter for the Las Cruces Sun-News. He can be reached at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Las Cruces Sun-News: Federal judge jails man charged with molesting boy in Young Park


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