New trial set for dad accused of prostituting his daughter

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A judge in Albuquerque has declared a mistrial and scheduled a new trial for a man accused of prostituting his young daughter and forcing the girl to panhandle and pick pockets.

District Judge Cindy Leos declared a mistrial Thursday after the man’s defense team argued that a witness provided prejudicial testimony earlier this week. The witness had said the defendant was a “lookout” for another man accused of involvement in sex trafficking.

Leos scheduled the new trial for April 1.

The defendant’s daughter was 7 years old when the alleged offenses occurred. They included allegations that he made her touch his friends inappropriately.

The charges stemmed from an investigation by the New Mexico attorney general’s office that began in April 2018 after school officials alerted authorities about possible human trafficking.

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