Navor Tafoya, 76, accused in Sept. 9 sexual assault

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FARMINGTON — A 76-year-old Farmington man was accused Monday of groping a woman against her will.

Navor "Buddy" Tafoya was charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with criminal sexual penetration in the third degree and criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree.

Tafoya was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center after posting a $10,000 bond.

Tafoya's attorney, Steve Murphy, said the evidence will show that nothing occurred between Tafoya and the alleged victim.

"We are confident we can show that to a jury," Murphy said.

A 57-year-old woman reported to Farmington police detectives on Sept. 29 that she was sexually assaulted by Tafoya at her residence on County Road 5479, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The woman told detectives she had borrowed $240 from Tafoya, a longtime family friend, in August to pay an overdue water bill. She said Tafoya showed up at her house on Sept. 9 and asked when she was going to pay him back, the affidavit states.

She told him she did not have the money yet, and he said she would owe him "interest," according to the affidavit.

The woman told detectives Tafoya then forced himself on her, groping her genital area and sucking on her breasts, the affidavit states. She said she attempted to kick Tafoya in the groin, but she could not get him to leave until she promised to meet him the next day, according to the affidavit.

The woman underwent a sexual examination, and nurses noted she had a bruise on her left breast where she said Tafoya had bitten her, the affidavit states.

Tafoya's wife told detectives her husband was advised by his attorney not to provide a statement, according to the affidavit.

Tafoya is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Nov. 5.

Murphy said he will be challenging the evidence brought against his client at the hearing.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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