Task force arrests two men in separate cases

The Daily Times staff
Police on Jan. 12 arrest Gary Montoya for allegedly arranging to meet a 14-year-old girl for sexual relations.

FARMINGTON — Two men are facing charges in connection to two separate investigations by the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to press releases from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.

Gary Leon Montoya, 59, of Aztec, was charged with child solicitation using an electronic device and criminal sexual contact of a minor. Roy Shelby, 38, of Farmington, was charged with sexual exploitation.

Montoya, a registered sex offender, was arrested on Jan. 12 after allegedly arranging through text messages to meet a 14-year-old girl for sexual relations, according to a press release.

Gary Montoya

After arresting Montoya, detectives identified a 9-year-old girl as possibly having been abused by Montoya, according to the release. When they spoke to the girl, she allegedly told detectives Montoya had inappropriately touched her on several instances.

Montoya previously served 19 years in prison after he was convicted of criminal sexual penetration of a minor. According to the press release, the conviction stemmed from charges that he sexually abused a 9-year-old.

He was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Roy Shelby

In a separate case, police identified Shelby as a person of interest after a tip alleging child pornography was being shared in the county. He was arrested on Jan. 12 and had his preliminary appearance on Thursday.

His arrest came after deputies and detectives seized several computers and smartphones on Jan. 4 while searching Shelby’s house.

Shelby allegedly told detectives he downloaded images of young girls from the internet but deleted the photos, the press release states.

While examining the electronic devices, detectives allegedly found more than 90 images of children posed naked and engaged in sexual acts, according to the release.