Man sentenced to prison for child molestation

The Daily Times staff
Travis Silver

FARMINGTON — Travis Silver has been sentenced to 35 years and six months in prison after being convicted on four felony counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child.

Silver, 29, of Farmington, was charged in May 2013 with eight counts of child molestation on allegations he had sexually abused three young female relatives.

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office stated in a press release about the arrest that Silver told a detective he and one of the girls, age 13, had sex as frequently as a "newlywed couple."

After a two-day trial in November, Silver was found guilty on two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child as a second-degree felony and two counts as a fourth-degree felony. He was sentenced on Friday.

San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said Silver received about half the maximum sentence possible for the offenses.

O'Brien said Silver did not express remorse for his actions at sentencing. Silver will not be eligible for parole for 30 years, according to O'Brien.

"That is the appropriate sentence for the defendant's behavior," O'Brien said.