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Thu March 7, 2013
Former Las Cruces Basketball Coach Faces More Charges
A former basketball coach who was arrested last year on multiple felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child is now charged with illegally performing physical exams on at least three juvenile student-athletes. Erik B. Khan, 33, is charged with one count of criminal sexual contact of a minor, a second-degree felony, and three fourth-degree felony counts of practicing medicine without a license.
Las Cruces Police investigators and agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations learned that sometime prior to the 2007 basketball season Khan performed physical exams on Picacho Middle School student-athletes even though he was not licensed to practice medicine in New Mexico. Investigators determined that Khan conducted physical exams on at least three student-athletes in a locker room at the school.
In May 2012 Las Cruces Police detectives and agents from HSI arrested Khan on 15 felony counts of sexual exploitation of a child. In that case, a Las Cruces Police electronic forensics expert learned through an automated software program that a computer in Khan’s residence was possibly being used to download or share child pornography. The investigator determined that between Sept. 9, 2011, and May 7, 2012, there were possibly hundreds of illegal files stored or downloaded on Khan’s computer.
Las Cruces Police investigators executed a search warrant on Khan’s residence in 2012 where they discovered hundreds of computer files containing child pornography.
Detectives learned that Khan served as a basketball coach at Picacho Middle School and volunteer coach at Mayfield High School. He also is believed to have served several years ago as a counselor for juvenile sex offenders in Mesa, Ariz. Khan is being held on federal charges at the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
Anyone with additional information related to this case, or anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a similar crime, is asked to call Las Cruces Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.