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FARMINGTON — A 53-year-old Farmington man made an initial court appearance today on allegations he fondled an 8-year-old girl.

William Herrera was charged Friday in Farmington Magistrate Court with criminal sexual contact of a minor, a third-degree felony.

A check of court records indicated Herrera had not yet retained legal representation.

The girl told investigators on Aug. 16 that she was molested by Herrera about three weeks before the interview at her aunt's residence on East Butler Avenue, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The girl said Herrera spooned her on her aunt's bed and groped her genital area, the affidavit states.

The girl said she told her aunt and grandmother about the incident, but they did not report it to police.

The aunt and grandmother admitted to police they did not contact law enforcement about the girl's allegations, the affidavit states.

The girl eventually told a different aunt, who reported the incident to Farmington police.

Herrera was located by police on Aug. 19 and said he did nothing illegal, the affidavit states. The interview was concluded after Herrera asked to speak with an attorney, according to the affidavit.

A third-degree felony is punishable by up to three years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

A preliminary examination hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Herrera's bond was set at $20,000.

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

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