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Man convicted at trial of child molestation

Steve Garrison
stgarrison@daily-times.com

FARMINGTON — Shawn Paris was found guilty at trial Wednesday of child molestation.

Shawn Curtis Paris

Paris was convicted of criminal sexual penetration of a child, a first-degree felony, and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, both third-degree felonies, according to court records.

Paris, 42, of San Juan County, was arrested Nov. 20 after a female relative who was a minor made unusual statements to her teacher and a social worker about her relationship with Paris, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The girl spoke to forensic investigators and, in a written statement, disclosed that she had a sexual experience with Paris, the affidavit states.

Paris met with detectives on Nov. 20 at the San Juan County Sheriff's Office and agreed to perform a polygraph test, which he failed, according to the affidavit. Paris then told detectives he had a sexual relationship with the girl, the affidavit states.

He admitted to kissing her and groping her buttocks, according to the affidavit. He also admitted she touched his genitals and performed oral sex on him, the affidavit states.

A 4-year-old boy had accused Paris of sexual molestation in 2000, the affidavit states. In 2003, another 4-year-old boy alleged Paris had touched his genitals. Those incidents were investigated, but no charges were filed, according to the affidavit.

Paris faces up to 30 years in prison. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.

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