Sat. Jun 12th, 2021

FORMER CLOVIS POLICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH COUNTS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH A MINOR

On Saturday, May 29, 2021 at approximately 4:49 PM; Officers of the Clovis Police Department were dispatched to ARISE in Clovis NM, in reference to a report of a criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

Officers were informed by the female victim, 13 years of age, that  she had met a male subject on social media by the name of Antonio. She met with him in person on May 23, 2021 and the 21-year-old male took her to a residence across the street from the police department, which is where the incident happened.

Clovis Police Officers were able to locate a possible suspect through social media and during the investigation, the suspect was identified as Antonio Cardenas. Cardenas was employed at the City of Clovis as an Animal Control Officer. Animal Control is an auxiliary under the Clovis Police Department.

After assignment to an investigator of the Clovis Police Department, the case was reviewed by the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and charges were filed for the arrest of Antonio Cardenas.

Antonio Cardenas, 21 years of age, was charged with: Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor with Force, a 2nd Degree Felony; Criminal Sexual Penetration of a Minor, a 4th Degree Felony; and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, a 4th degree Felony.

Cardenas was transported to the Curry County Adult Detention Center for processing and detention. The investigation is still ongoing and being conducted by Clovis Police Department Special Operations unit.

All inquires and information requests will be processed through the Chief of Police’s office. Chief Ford’s office number is: (575)763-9432 and email: dford@cityofclovis.org.