The suspect was released from the county jail per court order

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man admitted that he solicited sex from a San Juan County Sheriff's Office deputy posing as a 12-year-old girl and then showed up at a park to meet and have sex with the girl.

Samson Valentino, 31, is accused of accused of two child solicitation counts using an electronic communication device, second and third-degree felonies, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Shellie Patscheck, Valentino's attorney, could not be reached for comment.

The investigation was launched on April 17 when the warrant states that Valentino responded to a post on the internet made by the deputy and represented that he was a 24-year-old man.

The affidavit states the two started a conversation which later turned sexual in nature.

Valentino allegedly stated he wanted to have sexual relations with the female. They agreed upon a time of 8 p.m. on April 17 to meet at an undisclosed park, and the document says Valentino stated he would be driving a maroon passenger car.

The deputy and a detective were walking through a park around 7:55 p.m. when the deputy observed a maroon passenger car enter the parking lot and park near the entrance.

The deputy, posing as the minor, then contacted Valentino and asked if he was at the park, and the suspect allegedly responded he was at the park near the entrance.

Detectives were notified of Valentino's location and he was taken into custody.

He was transported to the Sheriff's Office for an interview, where the narrative states he repeatedly said he was stupid and made a bad decision. It said Valentino admitted to detectives he was talking sexually to a 12-year-old girl and traveled to the park to meet her for sexual relations.

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

His preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning in Farmington Magistrate Court.

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

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