- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A Santa Fe man indicted this month on suspicion of molesting a boy says he had a vision that made him believe his alleged victim was an adult female, according to police.

Police arrested William Cante-Amado, 34, after the child’s mother reported that the 7-year-old boy had told her two “hickeys” on his neck had been caused by Cante-Amado.

According to a police report, the boy’s stepfather said he’d left the child alone for a few minutes with Cante-Amado, who had been renting a room in the family’s home near Sweeney Elementary School for about six months. When he returned home from checking the mail, the stepfather told police, he found the boy with several red marks on his neck. The boy said Cante-Amado also had touched him in several areas of his body on top of his clothing.

While Cante-Amado was being taken into custody, police said they found a picture of a naked toddler on his phone, who was later identified as the 3-year-old brother of the alleged victim.

Cante-Amado initially said the red marks on the older boy happened by accident while they wrestled, according to the report. But he later relayed the story of his “vision,” saying an eagle had landed on his head and made him believe the child was actually a woman with long hair. The man said he hugged and kissed the child and got on top of him before recovering from the vision.

The child’s mother reportedly told police Cante-Amado had offered to give her money if she would agree not to call police.

According to jail records, Cante-Amado was arrested on charges of criminal sexual contact and battery Aug. 12, 2014, the day after the alleged molestation took place. He spent about six months in jail before being transferred to the state mental hospital in Las Vegas.

Cante-Amado has been declared competent to stand trial, and was indicted July 17 on suspicion of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

Contact Phaedra Haywood at 986-3068 or [email protected]


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