Man arrested on suspicion of child solicitation

Steve Garrison
Shelton Charley

AZTEC — A 24-year-old man was arrested last week in a police sting on allegations that he solicited a 14-year-old girl for sex.

Shelton Charley was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate with three counts of child solicitation by electronic device.

Charley has not retained legal representation, according to court records, but attorney Arlon Stoker said Monday he was hired by Charley's family to represent the man. He said he has not yet reviewed evidence in the case and therefore could not comment on it.

On March 22, Charley allegedly contacted  an undercover detective with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office through Facebook who was pretending to be a 14-year-old girl, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Charley told the detective he was 24 years old and said he wanted to engage in sex with "the girl," the affidavit states.

Charley allegedly continued to send sexually suggestive messages to the detective on March 23, according to the affidavit. He also allegedly sent explicit photos to the detective, the affidavit states.

Charley and the detective arranged to meet at a park in Farmington, where Charley was placed under arrest, according to the affidavit.

He admitted in an interview with detectives he was at the park to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met on Facebook, the affidavit states.

Charley is being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, according to court records.

He is scheduled to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Thursday.

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