By John Larson
SOCORRO – An Alamo man has pled guilty to four felony counts of contact with a 15 year-old female student and faces sentencing by District Court Matt Reynolds Thursday, Oct. 14.
The case against Mark Shaddock, 45, who was a counselor at Alamo High School, stem from evidence collected by New Mexico State Police in July, 2009. He was arrested July 28, 2009.
Shaddock was originally charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration, three counts of kidnapping, two counts of criminal sexual contact, four counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated stalking.
He pled guilty to four 4th degree felony counts of criminal sexual penetration, second degree (with a child 13 to 16 years old).
District Attorney Clint Wellborn said his office agreed to the guilty plea based on lack of evidence.
“The fact is, what he actually pled to is what he did,” Wellborn said. “With all the other charges we just didn’t have the evidence, for instance the three kidnapping charges. The current charges are down to what we could prove had we gone to trial.”
Shaddock faces up to six years in prison at his sentencing hearing.