Federal Charges for Civil Rights Violations and Obstruction of Justice
SAN JUAN, PR—Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), San Juan Field Office, announced the arrests of ADALBERTO MARTINEZ-NUÑEZ and ERIC LUGO-GOTAY.
On February 17, 2018, a federal grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging MARTINEZ-NUÑEZ and LUGO-GOTAY. MARTINEZ-NUÑEZ was charged with one-count of Deprivation of Civil Rights Under Color of Law, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 242, and with three-counts of Obstruction of Justice, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1519 and 1512(b)(3).
LUGO-GOTAY was charged with one-count of Obstruction of Justice, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1519 and with one-count of Perjury, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1623.
If convicted, each defendant faces up to 20 years’ imprisonment. Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Jose Contreras is in charge of the prosecution.
The public is reminded that criminal complaints and indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt. Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.