New Mexico State Police Arrest Los Lunas High School Coach Johnathon Bindues For Child Exploitation

Johnathon M. Bindues

NMSP News:

Valencia County – The New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called Friday to investigate the sexual exploitation of a child case between an adult male and a 15-year-old female in Los Lunas.

During the investigation, State Police agents learned that between June 13-15, 2021, a parent discovered her 15-year-old daughter had been sexually communicating via cellphone through text messages, videos and photos with a male, identified as Johnathon M. Bindues, 30, of Los Lunas, who is the girls’ track and basketball coach at the Los Lunas High School.

Agents discovered and confirmed the sexually explicit conversations between Bindues and the 15-year-old female.

Through further investigation, agents learned during the 3-day exchange of sexually explicit text messages, photos and videos, Bindues had made requests for the 15-year-old girl to send videos and photos of her to him. During a search of the laptop, agents discovered numerous nude videos and photos of the 15-year-old girl. Agents confirmed both cellphone numbers utilized belonged to Bindues and the 15-year-old girl.

An arrest warrant was issued Saturday for Johnathon Bindues through the Valencia County Magistrate Court. In the early morning hours today, July 17, agents and uniformed NMSP officers located and arrested Bindues without incident at a residence in Los Lunas.

Bindues was booked into the Valencia County Detention Center in Los Lunas and charged with:

  • Three Counts of Sexual Exploitation of Child (causing or permitting to engage in act, under 18, (3rd Degree Felony); and
  • Three Counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, (4th Degree Felony).

This is an ongoing investigation by the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau. The names of the juvenile victim will not be released.

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