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Farmington Man Charged with Sexual Abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – A Farmington man faces federal charges for engaging in sexual acts with a child under the age of 16. Daniel Washburn, 29, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, appeared in federal court for an initial appearance where the Court temporarily detained him pending a detention hearing, which is scheduled for April 1, 2024.

The indictment alleges that in February 2019, Washburn engaged in a sexual act with a victim who had not attained the age of 16 and was at least four years younger than Washburn.

Washburn is charged with sexual abuse of a minor. If convicted, Washburn faces up to 15 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced the charges today.

The Farmington Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the Navajo Police Department and Navajo Department of Criminal Investigations. Assistant United States Attorney Mia Ulibarri-Rubin is prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated March 28, 2024

Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 24-124