The alleged incident was reported last May


FARMINGTON — A San Juan County man who is accused of raping a woman last summer claims the act was consensual.

Marcus Harrison, 28, was charged on Jan. 31 and accused of a third-degree felony count of criminal sexual penetration, according to court documents.

He was booked into the San Juan County Adult Detention Center Monday afternoon.

Harrison is accused of raping a woman on May 13 after finding her in the parking lot of a Farmington motel, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

He did not have legal representation as of today.

A Farmington Police Department detective was informed on May 14 of an alleged act of criminal sexual penetration that had occurred the day before.

The reporting party had met with an officer on the afternoon of May 13 at the San Juan Regional Medical Center.

She told the officer she believed she was raped by a man later identified as Harrison.

The woman told the officer she could not remember when the alleged rape occurred. She added she had been drinking alcohol that evening with a friend.

During a June 26 interview with Harrison, he told the detective he found the alleged victim outside of the Brentwood Inn and Garden at 600 E. Broadway Ave. in its parking lot and started to talk to her.

They left the area together while they were both intoxicated then went to a nearby business where the incident occurred, according to court documents.

He also told the detective he believed they had consensual sex.

Facebook messages between the alleged victim and Harrison were reviewed.

The detective wrote it was apparent the alleged incident was not consensual as the victim was not in a clear state of mind to "make rational decisions," according to court documents.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold Harrison without bond pending trial.

The motion stated Harrison has a total of four cases pending in magistrate and district courts.

Those charges including aggravated assault and aggravated stalking.

It also stated Harrison was arrested three times while on conditions of release and all the pending cases occurred while Harrison was allegedly intoxicated.

A hearing on the motion is set for Tuesday afternoon in Aztec District Court.

His preliminary hearing on the case is set for Wednesday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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

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