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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of soliciting sex and sending sexual messages to a member of local law enforcement posing as a 12-year-old girl, and then showing up to meet her at night in a park.

Raymundo Dimas, 42, is accused of a two child solicitation counts using an electronic communication device, according to court records, second- and third-degree felonies.

Steve Murphy, Dimas' attorney, said they are still requesting evidence from the San Juan County District Attorney's Office and an investigation has not been completed.

The investigation started on Feb. 28, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Farmington Magistrate Court. It stated Dimas started communicating via the internet that day with a  San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy who told him she was a 12-year-old girl.

The messages between Dimas and the deputy posing as the youth allegedly started to turn sexual in nature.

They exchanged phone numbers to start sending text messages to each other.

On March 1, more sexual communications were exchanged, according to the court filing, and plans were made to meet at a park in Farmington at night for sexual intercourse.

The affidavit states that Dimas told the girl he would be driving a pickup truck. That night, a deputy located Dimas when he exited some bushes at the park, and he was taken into custody.

Dimas was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per a court order.

His preliminary hearing is set for the morning of April 18 in Aztec 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 jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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