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AZTEC — A 44-year-old convicted sex offender was accused last week of sexually assaulting a Kirtland girl in the summer of 2013.

Timothy Corey Dennis was charged March 5 in Aztec Magistrate Court with five counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child, 11 counts of criminal sexual contact of a child and felony kidnapping.

San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln said Dennis was arrested in Randall County, Texas, on March 5.

He is being held at the Randall County Jail on a $500,000 cash-only bond and is awaiting transportation to San Juan County.

According to the arrest warrant, the girl, now 16, told detectives on Jan. 27 that she had been sexually molested and raped by Dennis in the summer of 2013.

Dennis was visiting with relatives of the girl in Kirtland at the time the offenses allegedly occurred, the warrant states.

The girl told detectives that she was at her relative's house in May when Dennis first fondled her breasts and genital area under her clothing.

She said similar incidents occurred throughout the summer whenever Dennis would find her alone, according to the warrant, but she was afraid to report it because Dennis threatened to kill her if she said anything.

She said in July 2013 the family and Dennis went on a camping trip to Page, Ariz. During the trip, Dennis took her and her siblings out on a boat ride and, while they were on the lake, Dennis raped her, according to the report.

He again performed oral sex on her and digitally penetrated her in August 2013, the warrant states.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Dennis was convicted of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl in Texas in 2002 and sentenced to eight years in prison.

He was required to register as a sex offender for life as a result of his conviction, according to the department.

The girl's family told detectives that they were not aware that Dennis was a convicted sex offender.

Dennis did not have legal representation, according to court records accessed on Monday, and an initial court appearance had not been scheduled.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.

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