Elroy John also faces aggravated battery charge from July



FARMINGTON — A Kirtland man faces a charge for failing to register as a sex offender.

Elroy John, 48, was charged on Sept. 5 with failure to register as a sex offender, a fourth-degree felony, in Aztec Magistrate Court, according to court records.

In a separate case, John is charged with aggravated battery against a household member (great bodily harm) and false imprisonment for an incident in July.

John is required to register as a sex offender every 90 days following a December 2002 conviction in U.S. District Court for sexual abuse of a minor, court documents state.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Sept. 5 after he failed to report within 10 days about changes to his address or living situation, according to court documents.

A San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy made several attempts to contact John after being notified about incident involving John in July.

On July 26, a deputy was dispatched to a residence on County Road 6361 regarding a domestic violence situation. Court documents state a woman told the deputy that John held down her against her will and punched her in the face.

John allegedly left the residence before the deputy arrived, and an arrest warrant was issued. He also failed to appear in traffic court in Aztec on July 31 for having no proof of insurance and an expired vehicle registration.

John was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Sept. 6 and remained in custody today.

His attorney, Gurnee Graham, could not be reached for comment.

John had a preliminary examination hearing for both cases today in Aztec Magistrate Court.

The failure to register case was bound over to district court, and the case involving aggravated battery was continued, according to San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636.

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