Farmington man charged in relative's rape

Steve Garrison
Roberto Jacquez-Melero

FARMINGTON — Roberto Jaquez-Melero, 19, of Farmington, has been charged in Farmington Magistrate Court with criminal sexual penetration, a second-degree felony, on allegations he raped a teenage relative.

A New Mexico State Police officer was dispatched at about 1:45 a.m. July 3 to a residence east of Farmington after a 17-year-old female reported being sexual assaulted, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The girl told the officer that Jaquez-Melero came to the residence earlier in the evening after a fight with his wife, the affidavit states.

She said the two of them were seated on the couch when Jaquez-Melero began playfully wrestling with her, according to the affidavit. He then became more aggressive, according to the girl, and pulled down her shorts.

The girl told the officer she slapped and kicked Jaquez-Melero, but he was able to rape her, the affidavit states.

She said her mother then came home, and Jaquez-Melero left the residence, according to the affidavit.

The girl consented to a sexual assault examination, and a nurse observed she had abrasion marks below her genitals, according to the affidavit.

Jaquez-Melero was located that morning at a residence on County Road 5589.

He told the officer the girl had invited him to the residence for consensual sex. He also consented to an examination at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

Jaquez-Melero was arrested that day, but released after he posted a $25,000 bond.

His attorney, Steve Murphy, said he has not yet reviewed the evidence in the case and therefore could not comment.

A preliminary examination hearing is scheduled for July 20.

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