Gary Ferrell found guilty by a Las Cruces Jury for Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor.
November 10, 2020 | Las Cruces, NM— Gary Ferrell, 38, was found guilty for 1 count of Fourth-Degree Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor by a Las Cruces Jury.
Ferrell was arrested after the child victim in this crime reported the abuse to her mother in 2017. The abuse was reported to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office in Alabama who contacted the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office investigation division. The defendant and the victim’s family knew each other while they resided in Chaparral, New Mexico in 2014. The forensic interview was conducted at a Children’s Advocacy Center in Alabama.
On Monday, November 9, the trial was held in Judge Perea’s courtroom. The COVID-19 restriction recommendations for social distancing and protocols were followed as required by the New Mexico Supreme Court. Everyone in the courtroom wore masks and stayed 6 feet apart, the mother and victim testified by video. The jury deliberated for 2 hours. Assistant District Attorney Ann Swank prosecuted the case on behalf of the state. Ferrell was taken into custody and will be sentenced in 30-60 days.