San Ildefonso Pueblo leader accused of rape

Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP) 9-05

The governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo is accused in a criminal complaint of raping his former girlfriend at an Albuquerque home.

James Mountain, 35, was arrested Sept. 3rd and charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration.

He appeared recently before Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Clyde DeMersseman, who ordered that he be monitored by the court’s pretrial services division.
DeMersseman also warned Mountain not to contact anyone involved in the case, and told him that he will be monitored for alcohol and drug use, said Janet Blair, court spokeswoman.

“My client is going to defend himself in this case,” said Ken Neuendorf, Mountain’s attorney.

Mountain was released from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

The San Ildefonso Tribal Council placed Mountain on leave, pending further investigation.

San Ildefonso 2nd Lt. Gov. Erik Fender was placed in charge of day-to-day pueblo operations while Mountain is on leave.

Mountain was arrested after Albuquerque police said they received a 911 call from a home alleging a sexual assault.

The former girlfriend – the mother of Mountain’s two children – told police she had gone to a wine festival in Bernalillo with some relatives and had run into other relatives who were with mountain, the criminal complaint said.

The group then went to a bar and a restaurant in Albuquerque, police said.

Mountain, the woman and her cousin then went to his mother’s home, where the woman alleges she was raped in a bedroom, police said.

Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican,