Carl Trujillo says he didn't do it. And he says he has proof.
Trujillo took a lie detector test late this week while responding to questions about the alleged sexual misconduct made by Laura Bonar. Trujillo says he passed the polygraph.
The state representative from Nambé released a statement Saturday afternoon, as well as a report from polygrapher Eric Lucero, which said he had less than a 0.1 percent chance of being deceptive while responding to three questions.
"Obviously, I will do what needs to be done to clear my name and continue to demonstrate that these charges are nothing more than politically-motivated lies," Trujillo said in a statement. He is in the midst of a pitched primary campaign.
However, the three questions listed by Lucero in a report to Trujillo's attorney, Molly Schmidt-Nowara, are limited in scope and don't necessarily rule out what Bonar has alleged—sexual harassment—or even touching.
Bonar, then a lobbyist for Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico, alleged last week that in 2013 and again in 2014, Trujillo acted inappropriately towards her, propositioning her for sex and touching her. When she resisted his advances, Bonar says, Trujillo stopped working with her on a bill.
Lucero's questions—and Trujillo's answers—were:
- Did you ever have sexual contact with that woman’s (Laura Bonar) private parts (breasts/buttocks/vagina)? Answer: No
- Concerning that woman, did you ever have sexual contact with her private parts? Answer: No
- Was that woman’s legislation stalled because she rejected your sexual advances? Answer: No
Since Bonar's allegations last week, two co-workers at Animal Protection Voters of New Mexico have come forward saying she raised the issue with them at the time. Another lobbyist, Deborah Torza Condit, has said the same. Several of Trujillo's colleagues have called on the three-term Democrat to resign.
The Legislature has begun a formal inquiry into the matter, which will be examined by an outside attorney and a group legislators made up of an equal number of Democrats and Republicans.
"I don't know which chapter of the Roy Moore playbook that comes out of," Bonar's attorney, Levi Monagle, tells SFR. The Alabama Republican was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct during a special election for a Senate seat. He lost the election.
"Most people in law don't take it particularly seriously," Monagle says. "I would love to see the questions that were asked of him. I would love to know how many times he took the test to get the result he wanted."
"I'm sure that his supporters will now be calling for Laura to take a polygraph," Monagle says, adding there are no plans for one.
Instead, the attorney points to the collection of support for Bonar and to two or three other women who reportedly have made similar claims in private, according to Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, and to reports by The New Mexican.
"To try to tie all of these things together into some big conspiracy defies all plausibility," Monagle says, "There's no sense in treating a polygraph as anything but a diversion."
Trujillo is in the midst of trying to fend off a primary challenge by Andrea Romero. He's blamed her for the allegations, though both Romero and Bonar have denied knowing each other. "I'm sure hopeful this will put this to rest," he tells SFR.
Monagle has acknowledged to SFR that there is a political component to Bonar's timing, saying she wants him out of office, preferably by resignation, but that losing an election accomplishes her goal, too.
Absentee voting has begun, early voting begins May 19. Election Day is June 5.
This story has been updated to include Trujillo's statement and information about the polygraph test.