Eugene Louis Calabaza
By Carol A. Clark
A citizen informed authorities that a convicted sex offender was working on the N.M. 4 state road crew in White Rock, but had not registered with the local Sheriff’s Office.
“A call came in through the Crime Stoppers Tip Line on March 14 of a possible sex offender working in White Rock and we passed the information along to the Sheriff’s Office,” said Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department.
Sheriff Marco Lucero and Deputy Eric Ringquist drove to White Rock and spotted convicted sex offender Eugene Louis Calabaza driving a grader tractor on N.M. 4 near the new Visitor Center.
Calabaza, 46, is listed on the New Mexico Sex Offender Registry as convicted May 12, 2004 in Bernalillo of “aggravated sexual abuse of children.” His permanent address is listed as 105 Santa Ana St., Santa Domingo Pueblo.
“We recognized him from a photograph and stopped the tractor and identified ourselves,” Lucero said. “I asked him how long he had been working in town and he said he had been working here for two weeks. I informed him that he is required by law to register with my office within 10 days of arriving here and he admitted that he was aware of that requirement.”
Calabaza made arrangements with the sheriff to register the following day that he is working in this community.
“He came to my office and he did register,” Lucero said. “He told me that he is working here probably through December. I instructed him that pursuant to the judge’s orders from his conviction, he is to stay away from all children and I told him that if he sees a child walking toward him that he is to turn and walk the other way. I told him that I would be keeping an eye on him.”
Lucero said Calabaza told him that he is not living in town but is commuting to his job in White Rock each day from his home on the Santa Domingo Pueblo.
“It’s important to get the word out about this situation so that the public is aware of who is out there and if they observe anything suspicious, they can contact the authorities immediately,” Lucero said.
Calabaza’s photo with conviction information now hangs on the wall in the Los Alamos Police Department lobby with the six convicted sex offenders who reside within Los Alamos County including: Charles Michael Bracken at 1396-B 40th St., Thomas James Kluegel at 1322 46th St., William Charles Mead at 10 Bonito Place, Henry John Meyer at 535-2 Kiva St., Thomas Edward Vives at 16 Grand Canyon and Lester Allen Zimmerman at 110 Tunyo St.
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety website provides information to the public concerning the location of sex offenders residing within the State of New Mexico. For more information, visit www.nmsexoffender.dps.state.nm.us/