Here, in the state of New Mexico, there have been two high-profile cases of two men in high places in the community, who have thrown their life away...which is amazing to me, as to how somebody can do this to themselves...especially later in life.
About three years ago, there was a fellow here in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who was quite accomplished in his life...as a member of the state Senate for over 30 years; an attorney; and a former President of Highlands University.
He threw all that away, as he got caught up in a money scheme with about five others, in which they all benefited from the building of a courthouse in Albuquerque. In short...milking the taxpayers out of millions of dollars! To make a long story short...he was convicted, and is currently doing prison time in Texas. What makes matters worse, is that this fellow is over 60 years old now, and he'll be close to 70 years of age when he leaves prison.
What makes a person do something like this? Greed?
In another more recent matter, there is another fellow, who has impeccable credentials with the University of New Mexico, and he was arrested about a month ago (June/2011) and was charged with being in a prostitution ring online for many years.
This man was a political science professor at the University of New Mexico; carries a Ph.D in political science; was a former President of the University of New Mexico; and at the age of 71, is retired, but still teaches a class at the University and has or did have campus privleges and an office on campus!
I remember this man, as he used to do the political analyzing on election night on television with the news person, as the ballots were counted in the state and all over the country. He used to do this for many years on election night.
He also led a double-life, and a lie for many years, as we're all now finding out. As I said in the intro...you never know what kind of skeletons a person may have in his or her closet. There have been several articles that have appeared in the local newspaper, and I thought I would quote from the last one that appeared, so that the reader can see how a person can ruin their life, etc.
Granted, this man has been arrested and is now out on bail, and has not been convicted of anything...but with all the evidence police has gathered...it's just a matter of time, before this fellow goes to prison.
The article was written by James Monteleone, a staff writer and the piece was published by the Albuquerque Journal on July 12, 2011. The piece is entitled;
"Garcia Shocked UNM Didn't Show Compassion; Professor Expected Benefit of the Doubt"
"Chris Garcia told UNM President David Schmidly he was 'shocked', dismayed and extremely disappointed' that UNM didn't give him 'the benefit of the doubt' after his arrest for promoting prostitution, instead barring him from campus.
'I would expect that a person of your academic and administrative experience would be far more understanding and perhaps even show some compassion towards me in my difficult situation,' Garcia wrote Schmidly on June 26 (2011) after receiving notice that UNM had suspended his faculty privileges, teaching assignments and all campus access.
'I had hoped you would give me the benefit of the doubt and at least somewhat take into consideration my many years of contributions to the University...but apparently not,' Garcia wrote.
Garcia, 71, longtime professor and former UNM president, faces allegations that under the alias 'BurquePops' he recruited new prostitutes for an online ring that served more than 1,400 johns and helped shield the escort service from law enforcement.
The correspondence between Schmidly and Garcia following Garcia's June 23 arrest were released Monday to the Journal through the Inspection of Public Records Act request. Schmidly's letter detailing the sactions was sent on June 24, 2011
Garcia's response called them 'extraordinarily insensitive' and punitive. He also protested being locked out of his office, where Albuquerque Police Department detectives had confiscated dozens of sex toys and pornographic videos stored in Garcia's brief case and office closet space before his arrest.
Garcia insisted to Schmidly that he be allowed back into his office to collect belongings, including a personal TV and refergerator, family photos and work-related documents and supplies 'necessary my professional work.'
APD (Albuquerque Police Department) confirmed the next week that no additional searches were necessary, UNM spokeswoman Susan McKinsey said. Garcia was then allowed to return to his office the weekend of July 4 to collect his belongings. Garcia objected to Schmidly's severe punishment, saying others on campus may have been convicted of violent felony crimes while he was merely accused of 'non-violent' activities.'
Treatment Shocked Garcia
'Given my long and meritorius service to the university, I am extremely saddened and disappointed in the lack of professional courtesy extended to me,' Garcia wrote. Garcia also lashed out at the intense media coverage of the case, writing that 'nothing but unfounded allegations have been leveled against me, primarily by the sensation-hungry news media.'
In a formal response, Schmidly told Garcia on June 30 the sanctions are necessary to safeguard the UNM community. 'Some of the widely reported allegations against you, particularly that you were engaged in 'recruiting' woment for the purpose of prostitution, would be of particular concern to our students and their families. I must, and will take, any action necessary to give assurances that our community is out of harms's way,' Schmidly wrote.
Schmidly also expressed concern that Garcia's alleged behavior had tarnished the UNM reputation, concluding that he hoped the allegations are unfounded. Garcia served as UNM'S first Hispanic president between 2001 and 2002. He has taught political science course each semester and maintained an office at the Albuquerque main campus.
Garcia is charged with promoting prostitution, conspiracy and tampering with evidence of his role in the running of the local prostitution website, "Southern Companions.'"
END OF ARTICLE;
What does this guy want...the Medal of Honor and a statue of him placed in the Civic Plaza? Boy, these two educated men are real dummies...one is a lawyer...and the other is a college professor with a Ph.D in political science...and, you would think they would know better. What was the name of this article? Throwing Your Life Away 101 for Dummies?
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A few days later, after the preceeding article was published, there was an Editorial on July 14, 2011, and the title reads as follows;
"Booting Garcia a Good Move by UNM's Head" The editorial reads;
"University of New Mexico President David Schmidly exercised correct judgment in barring professor emeritus and former UNM president F. Chris Garcia from campus in the wake of his arrest on charges of promoting prostitution.
Under the alias 'BurquePops,' Garcia, 71, is alleged to ave recruited prostitutes for an online ring that served more than 1,400 johns and helped shield the escort service from law enforcement.
Despite Garcia's protestations that Schmidly had failed to give him 'the benefit of the doubt,' or had taken into account his contributions to the university, Schmidly was right to act quickly to not only remove the source of tawdry embarrassment to the state's flagship university, but to protect students and staff.
'Some of the widely reported allegations against you, particularily that you were engaged in 'recruiting' women for the purpose of prostitution, would be of particular concern to our students and their families,' Schmidly wrote in a reply to Garcia's letter of complaint about the university's lack of campassion.
And, although Schmidly said he hoped the allegations are unfounded, given the dozens of sex toys and pornographic videos that detectives found in Garcia's briefcase and UNM office closet space when a search warrant was executed, the damage to UNM's image has been done.
Garcia is, indeed, innocent until proven guilty, but that standard applies to his legal status and his potential for jail time. It doesn't apply to his relationship with his employer...New Mexico taxpayers who foot UNM's bill, including his salary.
President Schmidly deserves the state's thanks for stepping in forcefully with common sense.'"
END OF EDITORIAL;
Amazingly...just a week after this editorial appeared...another headline appeared on the front page of the Albuquerque Journal, which read;
"Judge Accused Of Raping Prostitute: Murdock Arrested at Courthouse; Police Have Video of Alleged Attack"
The following week, another headline appeared in the Albuquerque Journal which read; "Former Rio Rancho Mayor Sent to Prison; Howden Gets 9 Years For Fondling Girl, 7"
I lived in Rio Rancho for about 18 years before the city was incorporated. This guy was the first Rio Rancho mayor in the early 1980's. Now, 71 years of age...he'll probably die in prison. Sad!
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This articles appeared in the Albuquerque Journal on the Front Page on August 4, 2011 and the headline reads;
"Sunland Park Mayor Signed
"I had way too much to drink. It was 5 P.M. when I signed the contracts, and I didn't know what I was signing."
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