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Child forensic interviews with two girls completed in Gallup

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is facing 20 felony charges for allegedly making sexual contact with and threatening two young females, with one alleged incident occurring when a girl was 8 years old.

Hugh Smith, 29, is accused of seven felony counts of criminal sexual contact, nine counts of false imprisonment and four felony counts of intimidation of a witness, according to the criminal complaint.

The first incident was alleged to have happened during the spring of 2016, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Smith did not have legal representation on Aug. 27.

A Farmington Police Department investigation was launched on July 23 after a relative of the two girls filed a police report. That relative stated Smith had sexually abused the two girls as recently as March of this year.

The girls live in Arizona, and the alleged incidents occurred at Smith's residence in the 2000 block of Troy King Road in Farmington.

Child forensic interviews were conducted with the two girls in Gallup on the afternoon of Aug. 21.

The 12-year-old girl described seven incidents that occurred while she was 11 years old, according to court documents. A date of birth was not listed for both girls.

The 11-year-old girl described two incidents that occurred in Spring of 2016 when she was 8 years old, and in the "spring" with no year listed, according to court documents.

Five of the criminal sexual contact, seven of the false imprisonment and two of the intimidation of a witness charges were attributed to alleged offenses against the 12 year old. Two of the criminal sexual contact, false imprisonment and intimidation of a witness charges stem from the 11-year-old.

False imprisonment charges were brought due to allegations that the defendant restrained the girls.

The girls said Smith threatened them if they spoke about alleged incidents, or told them that no one would believe them if they reported the alleged crimes. The girls first reported the allegations to an adult male, but he allegedly "refused to deal with it," according to court documents.

Smith made his first appearance in the morning of Aug. 26 in Farmington Magistrate Court.

Jail records show the defendant being held on a $20,000 cash at 10 percent bond at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center.

His preliminary hearing is set for the morning of Sept. 4 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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