Authorities in southern New Mexico have arrested a woman on hate crime charges after she allegedly beat and sexually assaulted her teenage daughter for being gay.
According to the Las Cruces Sun-News, Magdo Haro, 40, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with second-degree criminal sexual penetration and third-degree child abuse in connection to the attack on her 17-year-old daughter.
Authorities say the circumstances of the case qualifies the incident as a hate crime, which under state law would add an additional year to any prison sentence if Haro is convicted.
Investigators say that Haro and the teen had been arguing about the teen's sexuality for a week before the incident on Saturday night, when Haro repeatedly beat her daughter with a shoe before she allegedly forced the teen to undress in front of her to "show she was a woman, and not a man."
Haro then allegedly threatened to sexually assault the teen with a plunger and a hanger, and forced the girl to insert her fingers inside herself so, "she would know what it was like to have sex with a woman."
She also allegedly told the teen–who told authorities that she was afraid that she was going to be molested—that she was not allowed "to wear boy clothes anymore, only girl clothes" and would have to start attending church with her grandmother.
Haro, who denied all the allegations except for beating her daughter with a shoe, was arrested and released on $25,000 secured bond. The teen is now in state custody.
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