Police seek possible victims in child sex abuse case
FARMINGTON — The San Juan County Sheriff's Office is seeking possible victims of a convicted sex offender who recently was arrested on child pornography charges.
Anthony Mihaley, 56, of Kirtland, recently was accused of distribution of visual medium of sexual exploitation of children and possession of visual medium of sexual exploitation (child under 13), according to court records.
He waived his preliminary hearing on Thursday, and his case was bound over to district court.
Mihaley was convicted of "rape of a child" in Pacific County, Wash., in 2000, according to the affidavit for the child pornography charges.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office believes there might be victims in the area who might not have come forward about alleged sexual abuse, according to detectives.
Matthew Cockman, Mihaley's public defender on the child pornography charges, did not respond to requests for comment. Mihaley was being held today at the San Juan County Detention Center on a no-bond hold.
Nobody has contacted to the sheriff's office regarding this case as of Friday afternoon, according to Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln.
Mihaley pleaded guilty to failing to register a sex offender and concealing his identity during an April 24 hearing in district court.
Det. Guy Mauldin of the sheriff's office said Mihaley had been using a fake name while living in New Mexico for two years before he was arrested in June 2016 on the failure to register and concealing identity charges.
He added that deputies have observed children in the home with Mihaley during visits to his residence.
The combination of the new child pornography charges, along with the failure to register and concealing identity convictions, prompted the sheriff's office to reach out to area residents, according to Mauldin.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the sheriff's office detective hotline at 505-333-7878.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.