Farmington man charged with battery, sex abuse

Steve Garrison
Thurman Thomas

FARMINGTON — A 20-year-old Farmington man is accused of molesting a 15-year-old girl after a night out with friends.

Thurman Thomas was charged Wednesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration of a minor, aggravated battery and intimidation of a witness.

Thomas was being held today at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond, according to court records. He had not retained legal representation, records state.

The girl's mother contacted Farmington police on Tuesday about the alleged battery, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The girl told a police officer she was out with friends driving around town the night before and met Thomas, the affidavit states. She said Thomas dropped her friends off at their residences, and then he drove her around Farmington, according to the affidavit.

She said her phone's battery was dead, and he drove her to his residence, the affidavit states. She told the officer that Thomas' mother would not allow them in her home, so Thomas took her to a shack behind the property, according to the affidavit.

In the shack, Thomas allegedly grabbed the girl's hair, choked her and then put his hand in her pants, the affidavit states. The girl said Thomas penetrated her digitally, but he eventually stopped and began crying, according to the affidavit.

Thomas then allegedly told the girl he would kill her if she told anyone, the affidavit states.

The girl provided police her ripped black T-shirt and two cellphones that belonged to Thomas, according to the affidavit.

Thomas admitted in an interview with police that he battered and choked the girl, but he said the girl choked him, too, the affidavit states.

Thomas initially denied any sexual acts occurred, but then admitted he penetrated the girl digitally, according to the affidavit.

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