San Ildefonso Pueblo leader accused of rape

Staff Report

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A criminal complaint says the governor of San Ildefonso Pueblo is accused of raping his former girlfriend at an Albuquerque home.

Thirty-five-year-old James Mountain has been charged with one count of criminal sexual penetration.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Judge Clyde DeMersseman ordered yesterday that Mountain be monitored by the court's pretrial services division.

Mountain was arrested Monday after Albuquerque police say they received a 9-1-1 call from a home alleging a sexual assault.

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

The pueblo's 2nd lieutenant governor, Erik Fender, has been placed in charge of day-to-day pueblo operations while Mountain is on leave.