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The alleged incident occurred at the Journey Inn

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FARMINGTON — A Farmington man is accused of raping a woman at a Farmington motel after the defendant allegedly forced alcohol down her throat.

Willson Simpson, 48, is accused of a third-degree felony count of criminal sexual penetration, according to court records.

He is accused of raping a woman at the Journey Inn at 317 Airport Dr. in Farmington, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

The defendant did not have legal representation on Sept. 30.

A Farmington Police Department detective was dispatched to San Juan Regional Medical Center on Sept. 19 on reports of a woman who stated she was raped.

The woman told the detective she was picked up by Simpson around 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 after she got in a fight with her boyfriend and she got kicked out.

She was walking along U.S. Highway 64 east of Shiprock and was driven into Farmington, possibly near Animas River Park near the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.

Simpson allegedly grabbed the woman by the wrists, pulled her close and forced a pint of vodka down her throat while in the vehicle.

The woman stated she then blacked out after trying to escape the vehicle.

She told the detective when she woke up, she was naked in a motel room, then saw Simpson standing up naked at the foot of the bed.

The woman stated she then blacked out again and came to while walking on Airport Drive without shoes or socks.

Simpson was later interviewed by police on Sept. 21 after he tried to return the woman's belongings to her.

The defendant signed a DNA search warrant and a DNA sample was collected, and photos of him were taken.

The detective noted Simpson changed his story more than once, claiming to have never met the women nor had sex, and he denied checking into any hotels.

He claimed the woman was heavily intoxicated when he picked her up.

The affidavit states Simpson later changed his story, stating they had sex in a motel room but he had permission.

The detective asked Simpson if his daughter had been intoxicated as the woman has and someone had sex with her if it would "okay," and he replied "no," according to the court documents.

Simpson was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on his own recognizance and with a GPS monitor.

The defendant's preliminary hearing is scheduled for the morning of Oct. 2 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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