Farmington man accused of molesting young girl at gymnastics studio
The suspect was arrested after fleeing the scene.
FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of molesting a young girl and slapping the buttocks of a woman at a local gymnastics studio.
Lucas Tsinajine, 40, is accused of a felony count of criminal sexual contact of a minor and a misdemeanor count of battery, according to Farmington Magistrate Court records.
He is accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl and slapping the buttocks of a woman at the Farmington Gymnastics Academy at 280 Browning Parkway, according to the probable cause statement.
Tsinajine did not have an attorney today.
Frankie Reddy, Farmington Gymnastics Academy owner, said her staff and parents did a great job of handling the situation. She said the safety of children, their parents and staff are top priorities.
New safety precautions are being implemented at the business including additional staff working parties and any adult watching their children will receive wristbands as they enter, Reddy said.
An officer for the Farmington Police Department was dispatched around 6:28 p.m. on Saturday to the gym on reports of alleged battery and criminal sexual contact.
An adult woman stated Tsinajine was watching the gymnasts by the bathroom and she did not know if he was the parent of a child.
She added she was walking near Tsinajine when he slapped her buttocks.
When confronted by the woman, Tsinajine left the studio.
After Tsinajine left the gym, an 11-year-old girl told the adult victim that the alleged suspect molested her.
The adult victim rushed outside to keep Tsinajine from leaving the area as they waited for officers to arrive.
Another parent at the gym later located Tsinajine and a sergeant detained the suspect on Sandstone Avenue.
Tsinajine told the officer he slapped a woman on the buttocks and stated "I'm sorry" multiple times.
He also initially denied allegations involving the girl and then stated he remembered making contact with her, according to court documents.
Tsinajine stated he was intoxicated and was at the gym to "check out the hot girls."
He is incarcerated at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a no-bond hold.
His preliminary hearing is set for the morning of April 3 in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.