Man who dresses as Santa accused of molesting a juvenile female
The alleged incident occurred in November 2014
FARMINGTON — A San Juan County man who dresses up as Santa Claus has been accused of molesting a juvenile female more than four years ago.
Henry Brady, 66, has been charged with a second-degree felony count of criminal sexual contact of a minor, according to court documents.
He is accused of molesting a seven-year-old girl near a residence on County Road 3227 near Flora Vista in November 2014, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
John Beckstead, Brady's contract public defender, could not be reached for comment Friday.
The initial investigation by the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was launched in November 2015 then it was reassigned to a detective on Oct. 31.
It was determined the case was never sent to the San Juan County District Attorney's office for review, according to court documents.
Detective Lt. Kyle Lincoln of the Sherriff's Office said there was a lapse at the department which led to the case not being sent for review and, once it was identified, the case was assigned to a detective to conduct a follow-up investigation.
During the follow-up investigation, the detective spoke to the alleged victim, her mother and Brady.
The alleged victim told the detective she lived next door to Brady when the alleged incident occurred but has since moved out of state.
She added she went next door to Brady's residence and asked if she could rake his leaves.
Brady allegedly told the juvenile female he wanted to show her something and escorted to the shed where the alleged incident occurred.
While the alleged victim played with a slot machine in the shed, Brady allegedly molested her.
She left the shed after the alleged incident as Brady allegedly plead with her to stay.
During a November 2015 interview, the alleged victim told a forensic interviewer she didn't know Brady was a "bad guy" because he dresses up as Santa Claus and would give her frozen pops, according to court documents.
The mother of the victim told the detective she would see Brady walking around in Aztec and having contact with small children while "playing Santa."
The detective was able to contact Brady on Dec. 31.
Brady told the detective he sold the slot machine then allegedly became upset when asked if he would take a polygraph exam. An interview was later set up for Jan. 8 at the Sheriff's Office.
During the interview, Brady stated he never "inappropriately touched anybody ever," according to court documents.
Brady allegedly became more agitated during the interview then stated he wanted a lawyer after declining a polygraph exam.
Brady's case was bound over to district court from Aztec Magistrate Court on Wednesday.
He was being held Thursday on a no-bond hold at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.
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