LAS CRUCES - A convicted sex offender who raped a teenage boy looking for a summer job will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
Joseph Paul Marcotte, who turns 50 later this month, is expected to serve just over 38 years in prison before being eligible for release, according to a sentencing report finalized this week in state District Court.
The 14-year-old victim was looking for a job last summer when he found an online ad asking for help painting and working on a ranch in Las Cruces, according to court documents. The boy's mother approved of the job, spoke with the man and even checked an Illinois identification card he provided before leaving her son for the night at Marcotte's mobile home on Willow Creek Lane, north of town by the Rio Grande.
Marcotte then gave the boy an iced tea, which caused the boy to become disoriented and unable to focus before he lost his coordination and then passed out, court documents state. When the boy awoke, the man was fondling him and then raped him.
The next morning, the boy completed a day's painting and other labor on Marcotte's property and was given a television, cologne, cigarettes and a bottle of Jim Beam whisky before his mother picked him up and he told her what happened.
The Do a Ana Sheriff's Office was able to verify Marcotte's identity through the boy's description of his piercings in his ears and tongue, plus a tattoo on his hand that said, "born to raise hell." At Marcotte's home, investigators found a jug of tea in the fridge, a used condom and - in a barn refrigerator - several open bottles of liquid horse tranquilizer.
Marcotte has been in the Do a Ana County Detention Center since June 2009 on charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor, criminal sexual contact of a minor, giving alcohol to a minor and enticement of a child. He pleaded guilty to the charges in July, the day before a jury trial was scheduled.
His Illinois conviction on charges of child abduction, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sex abuse occurred when Marcotte was 31. The victim in that case was 12 years old, according to the Illinois Child Sex Offender website.
A Do a Ana County grand jury indicted him on four additional charges of criminal sexual penetration of a minor last November after authorities discovered notes Marcotte had written to himself in his cell in which he admitted to making the boy repeatedly perform oral sex on him before he went home, according to the 3rd Judicial District Attorney's Office.