Couple faces child pornography charges
The female suspect is still wanted by law enforcement
FARMINGTON — A San Juan County couple faces a variety of charges, including manufacturing and distributing child pornography. One is accused of molesting a young female.
Juan Chavez, 32, is accused of five charges for allegedly making and possessing child pornography, molesting a young female and tampering with evidence, according to court documents.
Leosha Rivera, 24, is accused of four charges for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography, tampering with evidence and obstructing an investigation into child sexual abuse, according to a San Juan County Sheriff's Office press release.
Chavez was arrested during the investigation on an unrelated case.
Rivera still had an active warrant for her arrest as of this afternoon, according to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jayme Harcrow.
The investigation was launched when a deputy was dispatched to a residence on County Road 5580 between Farmington and Bloomfield on March 13 on a report of a young female possibly being molested, according to the Arrest Warrant Affidavit filed in court on March 21.
The deputy spoke to a woman who had learned of a video that Chavez allegedly filmed showing the girl being molested.
She referred the deputy to a male who she said had been shown the video by Rivera. The male told the deputy that Rivera showed him the video, according to a court document.
Rivera allegedly told the male the video was taken by Chavez in order to possibly sell it to interested buyers, the document stated.
The investigators were able to interview Chavez and Rivera when a search warrant was executed on March 19 at their residence.
Chavez was found hiding under a pile of clothing in a shed on the property, according to court documents.
Rivera denied having any knowledge of the alleged video several times, then stated she wanted an attorney.
When Chavez was interviewed, he denied making any video and denied any knowledge of a video and claimed the male who spoke to the deputy was making up allegations.
Numerous electronics including Rivera's and Chavez's cell phones were seized at the scene.
The video was found by a detective on Chavez's smartphone. It was uploaded to an online storage service on March 11 then later deleted from the phone, according to a court document.
Rivera deleted text messages related to the alleged incident and the video from her cell phone, according to the Sheriff's Office press release.
The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a motion to hold Chavez without bond pending trial.
It cites pending charges out of Colorado for a felony count of vehicular eluding along with a conviction for trafficking a controlled substance.
Chavez's preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning in Aztec Magistrate Court.
Anyone with information about Rivera can contact non-emergency dispatch at 505-334-6622 and request to speak to a Sheriff's Office detective.
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.