Travis Silver
Travis Silver (Courtesy of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office)

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man has been charged with criminal sexual penetration of a minor and other crimes, according to a San Juan County Sheriff's Office press release.

Deputies received a call about child molestation on May 7. The woman caller told deputies that Travis Silver, 28, of Farmington had been having sex with a young female relative, according to the press release.

Silver is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with the 13-year-old girl since she was 12.

Silver allegedly had been in frequent contact with younger children and the sheriff's office conducted forensic interviews with them as well. Two of the children told officers that Silver had also molested them, according to the press release. A third child said he had witnessed Silver and the 13-year-old having sex.

The youngest child who confirmed being molested was 8 years old, according to Lt. Cory Tanner.

Tanner said the crimes took place at multiple houses in San Juan County.

When detectives interviewed Silver, he admitted to committing sex acts against all of the children who had accused him. He also gave a few accounts that detectives hadn't previously known, according to the press release.

The detectives asked him how many times he had sex with the 13-year-old. Silver said he and the 13-year-old had sex at a frequency similar to that of a newlywed couple, according to the press release.

Silver was arrested on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor, four counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor, and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor. All the charges are felonies.


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Silver has a criminal history of domestic violence and resisting arrest. He was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on a $250,000 cash-only bond, according to the press release.

"I am very proud of our officers and detectives, and the work they do to remove dangerous predators from the streets," Sheriff Ken Christesen said in the press release.

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