- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Las Cruces police detective has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a teenage intern while on duty.

Prosecutors say Michael Garcia entered his plea Thursday in federal court and is facing a nine-year prison sentence.

Court documents show Garcia worked with students in a Las Cruces High School program.

Authorities say Garcia took the teenager on a ride-along in his department-issued vehicle to visit a crime scene in May 2011.

He was supposed to drive the intern back to the police station so that she could retrieve her belongings and go home. Prosecutors say Garcia drove her to a secluded location and sexually assaulted her.

Garcia resigned from the police department in August 2013.

Under terms of his plea agreement, Garcia will have to register as a sex offender.

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