Brian Dunnihoo, Deming Public School's director of facilities and construction, was arrested Monday on felony child sex abuse charges.

Dunnihoo, 53, was arrested by New Mexico State Police following an investigation that began in April into allegations he molested a family member. He is facing three charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor for acts that allegedly occurred between up until Oct. 2001 in California and Deming.

In interviews with NMSP investigators, the victim alleged Dunnihoo committed the acts five or six times a week for six years.

In the arrest warrant, investigators describe the victim recalling the mother being away when the alleged abuse began, that Dunnihoo allegedly placed his nude body on top of the victim while the victim tried to nap. The victim recalled turning away and trying to ignore it.

Shortly before the victim's 13th birthday, according to the arrest warrant, the victim told Dunnihoo that what was happening was "weird" and the victim did not want it to happen anymore. The victim alleged Dunnihoo agreed to stop, but asked not to tell his wife. He said his relationship would be ruined if the victim told and threatened to kill himself.

Dunnihoo allegedly asked the victim to keep it a secret from the mother, which the victim did for 10 years until Dunnihoo and the child's mother got divorced.

According to statements made by the victim's mother, the three sat down in Aug. 2011 to discuss what allegedly happened.


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During the conversation, Dunnihoo allegedly denied everything, but then supposedly admitted "it was only one time," or that he thought the victim was actually the victim's mother.

According to the victim's mother, Dunnihoo then allegedly broke down into tears and apologized, saying he "was just crazy for awhile," and that he did not mean to do it. She said she filed for divorce shortly after the conversation.

Dunnihoo was originally scheduled for a police interview in June, but after retaining legal counsel from a California-based firm, the interview did not take place.

The arrest warrant was issued Friday, Sept. 28, and he was arrested Saturday, Oct. 1.

He is being held in the Luna County Detention Center on an $80,000 cash only bond.

The victim is now an adult living in another state.


Matt Robinson can be reached at mrobinson@demingheadlight.com