Jacob Dennis
Jacob Dennis (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

AZTEC — An 18-year-old Bloomfield man was arraigned in district court on Tuesday on multiple felonies after he was accused of sending sexually explicit messages to a 14-year-old girl.

Jacob Dennis was charged on July 7 in Aztec Magistrate Court with child solicitation, possession of child pornography and causing a child to record a sexual act.

Dennis was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $5,000 surety bond on July 17, according to court records.

According to a probable cause statement, an officer from the Aztec Police Department was dispatched to a residence in west Aztec on July 2 after the girl's mother told police she found sexually graphic images on her daughter's computer.

The mother told the officer she was looking through her daughter's Facebook account when she found a video of an unidentified man engaging in a sex act alone. Her daughter identified the man as Jacob Dennis, according to the statement.

Police also discovered several videos and photographs of the girl nude. She told police she had sent the images to Dennis through Facebook's messaging service.

The girl said in an interview with police that Dennis had invited her to be his friend on Facebook, and she accepted. She claimed he asked her to send a nude picture to him, and she eventually complied after a friend dared her to do it, according to the statement.

Police reviewed the messages exchanged between the teenagers. During one conversation that occurred on June 26, Dennis appears to solicit the girl for sex, according to the probable cause statement. The girl told police she did not engage in any sexual activity with Dennis.

Causing a child to record a sexual act is a third-degree felony and carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and $5,000 in fines. Child solicitation and possession of child pornography are fourth-degree felonies, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.