The manager quit shortly before the money was discovered missing

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FARMINGTON — A Cuba man is facing charges from his time as a Farmington KFC restaurant manager for allegedly molesting a male teen employee and embezzling more than $5,000 before quitting his job.

Tedrick Dawes, 32, is accused of five felony counts of embezzlement and a felony count of criminal sexual contact of a minor, according to court records.

Dawes is accused of embezzling five cash deposits from the KFC restaurant at 3810 E. Main St. worth about $5,500, along with molesting a 16-year-old male, according to arrest warrant affidavits.

Greg Shearer, Dawes' attorney, declined comment on the cases.

The criminal sexual contact charge was filed on Dec. 11 and the embezzlement charges were filed on Jan. 24.

Dawes turned himself in at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on Aug. 1, according to Farmington Police Department Spokesperson Nicole Brown.

Criminal Sexual Contact

The San Juan County Sheriff's Office led investigation into the criminal sexual contact case, which started on Oct. 23. A deputy was flagged down and contacted about the alleged incident.

The teen spoke to the deputy, stating on Oct. 20 that Dawes molested him at the KFC, in a 'blind spot' within the store to avoid being caught on camera.

Dawes allegedly made sexual advances toward the teen and sent him text messages that contained graphic detail of him performing a sexual act on the teen.

The teen reported that when he did not respond to any of the sexual advances from Dawes, his hours at work were cut.

The detective spoke to Dawes on Oct. 31 at the KFC, where he was a shift manager at the time.

Dawes told the detective he felt like the teen was coming onto him and it was irresponsible of him to send the lewd text messages, claiming they were "drunken texts."

Embezzlement

A Farmington Police Department officer was contacted on Dec. 20 by an employee at the KFC, stating Dawes had embezzled multiple cash deposits.

The employee told the officer the missing cash wasn't noticed until after Dawes had quit.

Dawes was day shift manager on Dec 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. A total of $5,500 was reported missing from the bank deposits for those days.

Another KFC employee told the officer Dawes had been written up a few times for "borrowing" money from the safe.

Dawes was incarcerated on a no-bond hold on the morning of Aug. 8 at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

The defendant waived his preliminary hearing on the sex charge on Aug. 8 in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Dawes' preliminary hearing on the embezzlement case is set for the morning of Aug. 14 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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