Kyle Larkins
Kyle Larkins (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A 25-year-old Farmington man was charged on Thursday with five felonies associated with pedophilia, including penetrating a child younger than 13, San Juan County Sheriff's Department officials said in a press release.

Kyle Larkins is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a cash only, $250,000 bond, according to the release.

During a seven-month investigation by the sheriff's office, the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the FBI, deputies found child-porn images and video on Larkins' computer, officials said. Adult men raped and sexually abused children in many of the images, they said.

Larkins worked for the Farmington Boys & Girls Club from 2009 to 2010 but told deputies in an interview he did not molest any children associated with the club, officials said.

He worked also as a website developer for San Juan Safe Communities Initiative until January 2013, Executive Director Greg Allen said.

The Farmington Boys & Girls Club's president and chief professional officer, Benedikte Whitman, said she can't remember any complaints from parents or children about Larkins.

She said the Farmington Boys and Girls Club conducts complete background checks of employees through the National Sexual Offenders Data Base before they are offered a job. And she said they are checked periodically during their employment.

At the time of his hiring, Larkins had a clean record, she said.

About 1,800 boys and girls from six to 18 years old attend the club each year, and about 350 to 500 children participate in their programs each day, Whitman said.

"That's quite shocking," she said, "and very, very, very sad."

Larkins told the deputies that although he did not molest any children associated with the club, they did arouse him, officials said. He said he fantasized about binding and raping one young girl, they said.

Larkins' five felonies include criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years of age, criminal sexual contact of a minor under 13 years of age, two counts of sexual exploitation of children by distribution, 20 counts of sexual exploitation of children by possession and voyeurism upon a victim under 18 years of age, according to the release.

"The outcome of these recent investigations support what we, in law enforcement, have always believed," County Sheriff Ken Christensen said in a written statement. "Individuals who view child pornography are also out violating our children to get their satisfaction."

Efforts on Monday to contact Christensen and deputies who arrested Larkins were unsuccessful.

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