Man charged with molestation at Farmington home

Steve Garrison
Ruben Miller Valdez

FARMINGTON — A 25-year-old man made an initial appearance in court Tuesday on allegations he molested two underage female relatives.

Ruben Miller Valdez was charged Monday in Farmington Magistrate Court with four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

His bond was set at $30,000, according to court records. He has not yet retained legal representation, records state.

The girls' great-grandmother contacted Farmington police March 22 to report the alleged abuse, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The girls, ages 7 and 10, told investigators Valdez touched them inappropriately earlier that day at their great-grandmother's residence in Farmington.

Both girls said Valdez touched them over their clothing, the affidavit states.

A detective interviewed Valdez on April 22 at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center, according to the affidavit.

Valdez initially denied being at the residence on March 22, but then changed his statement and admitted he was there, the affidavit states.

He also initially denied inappropriately touching the girls, according to the affidavit.

"I gave them a hug and stuff, but that's about it," he allegedly told the detective, according to the affidavit.

However, when confronted with the girls' statements, he admitted he made "a poor decision" and inappropriately touched the girls, the affidavit states.

Valdez is set to appear June 1 at a preliminary examination hearing.

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