Two Socorro trustees face criminal charges, and the wife of one of them has also been charged

Trustee Ricardo "Richard" Castellano (left) and Pablo Barrera pose for a photo with Socorro Independent School District students during a board meeting on December 13, 2022.

Socorro school board members Pablo Barrera and Ricardo “Richard’ Castellano” were arrested Thursday on charges apparently related to official duties. Castellano’s wife, Gabriela, a former teacher in the Socorro Independent School District, was also arrested.

The nature of the charges appears to be related to official duties.

Ricardo Castellano, 61, and Gabriela Castellano, 57, each face two counts of obstruction or retaliation. Each was released on $4,000 bail.

Barrera, 39, was charged Thursday with four counts of obstruction or retaliation, two counts of official oppression, one count of undue influence and coercion of a public official or voter. Jail records show he was released on bonds totaling $6,000.