Ex-library employee found not guilty of molestation
FARMINGTON — Former Farmington library employee Mark Wolf was found not guilty at trial Tuesday on molestation charges.
Wolf, 58, of Farmington, was arraigned in September 2014 in district court on four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor on allegations he molested a 10-year-old relative over a period of two years, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
A jury determined Tuesday after a two-day trial that Wolf was not guilty on three of the four criminal charges. Judge John Dean dismissed the fourth offense at the trial due to a lack of evidence.
Wolf's attorney, Emet Rudolfo, said his client was happy to be vindicated.
"We were blessed with a fair jury that evaluated the evidence and found the charges unfounded," Rudolfo said.
Wolf served as patron services coordinator at the Farmington Public Library until his his arrest in August 2014. Rudolfo said Wolf lost his job due to the allegations.
"He was put through a lot of stress," Rudolfo said.
Wolf said in an interview that he was grateful for Rudolfo's representation and the jury's verdicts.
Wolf said he recently visited with the relative he was accused of molesting and said "it was one of the best moments of my life."
He said he believed his relationship with the boy "is going to be better than ever."
"And it's a miracle, because I didn't expect that," he said.
San Juan County Chief Deputy District Attorney Dustin O'Brien said he was surprised by the verdict. He said two character witnesses and an expert were allowed to testify on behalf of the defense over the objections the state.
"Those rulings were frustrating to the state," he said. "Whether they affected the jury's verdict, I can't say for sure."
He said the character witnesses testified about Wolf's behavior around children. The expert testified about child pornography, which police did not find on Wolf's computers, according to O'Brien.
"The testimony strongly suggested to the jury that since they didn't find any child pornography on (Wolf's) computers, he must not be a pedophile and therefore did not commit this crime," O'Brien said.
Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.