Farmington man accused of molesting relatives

Steve Garrison
Nathaniel Tony John

AZTEC — A 19-year-old Farmington man is accused of molesting several female relatives, including an 8-year-old girl.

Nathaniel John was charged Thursday in Aztec Magistrate Court with eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child and three counts of criminal sexual contact of a child.

John was held Monday at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 bond, according to court records.

John has not retained legal representation, according to court records.

A detective with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched April 29 to a local elementary school after receiving reports that a student disclosed to a teacher she was sexually abused by John, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The 11-year-old girl told detectives John had sneaked into her bedroom one night in March and groped her breasts and genital area, the affidavit states.

The girl told detectives John had groped her once before when the family was living on the Navajo reservation. She said John had also molested three other female relatives, the affidavit states.

An 8-year-old relative told detectives in an interview John had forced her onto a bed earlier this year and groped her genital area. Another 10-year-old relative said John rubbed her genital area with his foot in the summer of 2015 while she was at her home in Kirtland, the affidavit states.

A 14-year-old relative was interviewed by detectives on May 4. She disclosed John had been molesting her since she was 9 years old, according to the affidavit.

She said John sneaked into her bed last year and sexually penetrated her, the affidavit states. She said he attempted to rape her several more times in the past year, but she was able to fight him off until he stopped, according to the affidavit.

The girl told detectives she reported the abuse to her mother when she was 10 years old, but her mother told her it was her fault for allowing it to happen, the affidavit states.

Detectives contacted John that same day and he agreed to provide a statement, according to the affidavit.

John admitted in an interview he groped his 14-year-old relative, and blamed alcohol, the affidavit states. He denied recently groping the younger girls.

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