Charges dropped against women accused of kidnapping, molestation
Women accused of driving to Oklahoma to pick up juvenile male
FARMINGTON — Two Farmington women accused of kidnapping an Oklahoma juvenile have had their charges dismissed as prosecutors plan to refile the charges.
Melissa Goelz, 29, and Kristen "Kriste" Aragon, 35, were each charged on May 4 with felony counts of kidnapping. Aragon was charged with lewd molestation in Pittsburg County District Court in Oklahoma, according to court documents.
The two women were accused of driving from Farmington on April 16 to a residence outside of McAlester in southeastern Oklahoma to pick up a 14-year-old male and driving back to Aragon's residence in Farmington.
During the trip, Aragon was accused of performing oral sex on the juvenile and molesting him in the vehicle.
The women were apprehended in the early morning of April 17 by Farmington Police Department officers at a residence in the 1200 block of South Butler Avenue.
The juvenile told a FBI special agent on April 17 he had been playing video games online and communicating with Aragon on an Xbox video game console. He added he thought Aragon lived 30 minutes away when he got in the vehicle.
Pittsburg County Special District Judge Mike Hogan granted the prosecution's motion to dismiss the charges without prejudice on Wednesday, according to court documents.
The prosecution filed a motion for continuance on Tuesday before the preliminary hearing for the women on Wednesday, according to a copy of the motion.
The motion stated the prosecution has not had enough time to interview two Farmington police officers involved in the case to see if their testimony would be relevant, and to provide time for the officers to travel about 850 miles.
It also stated part of the case was investigated by the FBI, which still has possession of evidence from the defendants' phone.
Assistant District Attorney Adam Scharn in Pittsburg County could not be reached for comment Friday.
Matthew Sheets, Aragon's court appointed attorney, said he objected to the continuance during a hearing Wednesday in Pittsburg County District Court.
Brecken Wagner, Goelz's court appointed attorney, said the basis for the motion was that the prosecution was unable to contact the Farmington police officers.
He added he was able to get in contact with the officers in about 10 minutes on Tuesday.
Judge Hogan had not ruled on the motion when the prosecution stated they would dismiss the charges, according to Sheets.
Wagner said he believes the prosecution will refile charges against the women.
The attorneys stated their clients had been released from the Pittsburg County Jail.
Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.