Bloomfield High student accused of groping female student
The suspect has been released from the adult detention center
FARMINGTON — A male Bloomfield high school student is accused of groping a female student at school last month.
Tobias Gomez, 18, is accused of a felony count of criminal sexual contact of a minor, according to court records.
He allegedly groped a female student during a passing period on March 26 at Bloomfield High School, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.
John Beckstead, Gomez's attorney, could not be reached for comment.
Bloomfield School District Superintendent Kim Mizell declined comment, referring questions to the Bloomfield Police Department.
A Bloomfield Police officer contacted an administrator on March 29 at the high school regarding the alleged incident.
The administrator told the officer another student reported that the alleged victim was harassed and groped by Gomez.
The officer interviewed the female student involved in the alleged incidents with the administrator present. The affidavit states she told the officer she was talking with a friend during a passing period when Gomez approached her and groped her.
The contact made her feel very uncomfortable and was unwanted, according to court documents. During lunch, she told the officer Gomez approached her and started saying things that made her uncomfortable. She left the lunch table to distance herself from Gomez.
Gomez allegedly approached her later that day and "grinded" on the victim, with his groin area making contact with the side of her body, the affidavit stated. She responded by ignoring him and walked to class.
Gomez was booked and released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per a court order.
His preliminary hearing was continued Thursday morning in Aztec Magistrate Court and rescheduled for the morning of April 18.
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