Man accused of sex assault, striking girlfriend

Joshua Kellogg
Vincent Sylvester

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend and punching her several times in the face.

Vincent Sylvester, 39, was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of criminal sexual penetration, a third-degree felony, and battery and interference with communications, both misdemeanors, according to the criminal complaint.

He has not retained legal representation, according to court records.

Sylvester pleaded no contest in district court on July 8, 2003, to a fourth-degree felony for criminal sexual contact of a minor and a second-degree felony for kidnapping, according to court records.

He recently pleaded guilty on Sept. 12 to a fourth-degree felony charge for failing to register as a sex offender.

The New Mexico Department of Public Safety's Sex Offender Registry website lists Sylvester as a resident of the Rodeway Inn in Farmington.

Farmington police were dispatched at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday to the Rodeway Inn, according to the probable cause statement.

Sylvester's girlfriend locked herself in the bathroom of a motel room and called dispatchers after Sylvester fell asleep in the bedroom. She retrieved her cellphone from under Sylvester's pillow after he allegedly took the phone to keep her from calling police, according to court documents.

After exiting the motel room, she told officers Sylvester allegedly struck her in the face four times and "sexually forced himself upon her after she repeatedly said 'no,'" according to court documents.

While being questioned by officers, Sylvester said he did not remember arguing with his girlfriend and denied the accusation that he struck her, according to court documents.

He followed by stating he did not hear his girlfriend say she did not want to have sex, according to court documents.

A preliminary hearing for Sylvester is scheduled for March 15 in Farmington Magistrate Court. He is currently being held without bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.