New Mexico mayor indicted in blackmail scheme

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Posted: Mar 08, 2012 7:45 PM
New Mexico mayor indicted in blackmail scheme

The newly elected mayor and the city manager of a troubled New Mexico border town have been indicted on charges related to a blackmail scheme involving a secretly recorded video of a mayoral candidate getting a topless lap dance.

The Dona Ana County district attorney's office says a grand jury indicted Sunland Park Mayor Daniel Salinas and Jaime Aguilera on Thursday. Both men are facing charges of extortion and tampering with evidence.

Salinas is free on bond. Aguilera remains in custody.

Salinas was the top vote getter Tuesday. The results will be canvassed Friday. His lawyer says he plans to file court motions that would allow his client to perform mayoral duties, despite the charges.

Salinas was barred from city hall after being accused of trying to force an opponent from the race with the secretly recorded video.