Judge accepts New Mexico school board member’s plea deal

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A school board member accused of grabbing a woman’s behind at a sporting event has pled no contest to battery charges.

Friday, he struck a plea deal for the crime that was caught on camera.

Victim Monica Pacheco says she’s upset with the outcome and believes Kyle Snider is getting a slap on the wrist.

“I believe no justice is being served on my behalf and for our community here in Clovis…our children, my nieces, my nephews, our students. No…no justice today,” she said.

She wanted a jury trial on his battery charges, but prosecutors gave him a plea deal with six months unsupervised probation.

Back in June 2018, KRQE News 13 reported on the incident, which happened inside a concession stand where Pacheco was working during a softball game last year.

Snider, who is also an electrician, was there to fix something.

The video shows him inside, grabbing her arm and appearing to slap her butt, startling her before laughing.

Later in the afternoon, Pacheco says Snider came up beside her and placed his hand on her back and rubbed it down to her rear-end.

She says this has caused her severe emotional distress and has been diagnosed with PTSD, referring to the “Me Too” movement.

“I never, ever thought that it would be me too,” said Pacheco. “It’s scary to feel that the people you trust in your community are not protecting you.”

Snider’s attorney says this plea deal is fair because his client works hard, volunteers in the community and has no criminal record.

Also as part of the plea deal, if Snider behaves for the next six months, this crime will be wiped from his record.

Even the judge expressed concerns about the deal, saying it seemed too “lenient” to him, but after reviewing the video, accepted it anyway.

Leal’s Mexican Restaurant owner says they have cut off their eight-year contract working with the Clovis Softball Association because of the incident.

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