The suspect's next court hearing is set for May 2


FARMINGTON — An Albuquerque man is accused of raping a Farmington woman and attempting to intimidate her into dropping the investigation into him.

Daniel Abeyta, 33, is accused of felony counts of criminal sexual penetration and bribery of a witness, according to court records.

He is accused raping a woman at a Farmington residence in 2014 and offering money to stop the investigation, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Theresa Duncan, Abeyta's attorney, said her client is innocent of all charges and the timing of the allegations and charges appear to be strategically aimed to inflict damage on Abeyta.

"We will show in court the arrest warrant affidavit takes statements out of context and omits critical information that is favorable to Mr.  Abeyta," Duncan said in a statement to The Daily Times.

A San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective was assigned the case on April 1 where the alleged victim said she had been raped by Abeyta during the weekend of June 28, 2014, at a Farmington residence.

The victim stated she has copies of electronic communications between her and Abeyta that show the suspect admits to the allegations.

The woman told the detective she had awoken in bed as Abeyta raped her with an object and said she could see the glow of his laptop computer screen.

She believed he was recording the alleged incident, according to court documents.

The woman also told the detective she had viewed several photos Abeyta took of her without her permission that were stored on his phone.

The detective reviewed an online conversation between the alleged victim and the suspect on July 7, 2014.

When confronted with the sex assault accusation, Abeyta stated he will never hurt the victim again, according to court documents.

On April 5, the suspect tried to get the victim to end the investigation by law enforcement after a search warrant was executed on his residence.

The arrest warrant affidavit states Abeyta spoke to the victim for more than two hours, trying to get her to drop the allegations against him.

The woman provided a copy of the phone call recording to the detective.

Abeyta allegedly stated he would not be able to make an agreed-upon payment if the investigation continued and offered extra financial support if she ended the investigation.

The suspect was booked and released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center per a court order.

Abeyta's preliminary hearing is set for the morning of May 2 in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers breaking news for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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