New Mexico (Crystal Gutierrez-KRQE-TV) – A tribal police officer found himself on the other side of the law Wednesday night after a concerned mother called saying he was with her runaway underage daughter.
Byron Abeyta, 22, is now facing contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge.
Valencia County sheriff’s deputies arrested Abeyta Wednesday after he was found with the 17-year-old girl.
Capt. Gary Hall said deputies were called to a home in Rio Communities regarding the missing teen. As deputies were talking to the teen’s mother Abeyta and the girl pulled up in his car.
A possible inappropriate relationship was not the only concern deputies had. Hall said they also found booze in Abeyta’s car including a 12-pack of beer and two open bottles of hard liquor.