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Four San Juan County men charged with sexual assault in unrelated cases

AZTEC — Four men in San Juan County were charged last week with sexual assault in unrelated incidents.

Marcus Hicks, 31, was charged July 29 in Aztec Magistrate Court with assault with intent to commit a violent felony, criminal sexual contact as a fourth-degree felony, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and false imprisonment.

Hicks’ attorney, Brad Kerwin, did not respond to a request for comment.

Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched July 27 to Hicks’ residence in a trailer park on County Road 6100 after receiving reports of a fight between Hicks and a woman, according to the probable cause statement.

The woman was initially incoherent when deputies arrived, but later told officers she was at the mobile home park to visit friends when Hicks invited her into his home.

Once inside the trailer, the woman told deputies Hicks pushed her down, pinned her hands to the ground, and groped her private areas. She managed to break free and called for help from the front porch, but Hicks pushed her to the ground again and began elbowing her in the face, according to the statement.

Another resident of the trailer park told deputies she saw Hicks straddling the woman and elbowing her in the face.

Hicks claimed the woman forced her way into his trailer and said he only struck her when she said she would kill any police officer who arrived on the scene, according to the affidavit.

Hicks was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $30,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

Byron Yazzie, 39, of Aztec, was charged July 28 in Aztec Magistrate Court with criminal sexual penetration as a first-degree felony and criminal sexual contact of a minor as a second-degree felony.

Yazzie’s attorney, public defender Matt Cockman, did not respond to a request for comment.

Yazzie was accused July 16 of sexually molesting the young daughter of an acquaintance, according to the arrest warrant.

The girl told investigators in an interview she was asleep at Yazzie’s residence several months ago when she awoke to Yazzie sexually assaulting her. She said she called for her mother, and Yazzie told her she was having a bad dream, the warrant states. She eventually left and found her clothes in another room, according to the warrant.

Yazzie allegedly appeared unprompted at the Aztec Police Department on July 27 and admitted he may have molested the girl while blacked out from alcohol, according to the warrant.

“I will tell you a million times that I didn’t do it, but I don’t know,” he said, according to the warrant. “Maybe I was blacked out.”

Yazzie is being held at the jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

Timothy Emmert, 21, was charged July 29 in Aztec Magistrate Court with two counts of criminal sexual penetration as a first-degree felony.

One of Emmert’s female relatives first reported to a deputy from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office on July 25 that he had forcibly touched her private areas when she was between the age of 10 and 14 years old.

Emmert would have been between 12 and 16 years old when the incident occurred, according to the arrest warrant.

Another female relative told detectives that Emmert raped her in the summer of 2012 when she was 10 years old and again the next summer when she was 11.

He allegedly threatened to punish both girls if they told anyone, the warrant states.

Emmert’s parents told police they were afraid that their son would hurt the girls if he found out they had talked to police, according to the warrant.

Emmert denied touching or raping the girls in an interview with police on July 29, the warrant states. He is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

Emmert’s attorney, Scott Johnson, did not respond to a request for comment.

Bradford Parker, 36, was charged July 30 in Aztec Magistrate Court with one count of criminal sexual penetration as a first-degree felony, four counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor as a second-degree felony, criminal sexual contact as a third-degree felony and five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Parker has not yet received a court-appointed attorney or retained private representation, according to court records.

Parker is accused of sexually molesting a teenage relative over a period of several years and exposing himself to her, according to an arrest warrant.

Parker’s ex-wife reported the alleged abuse to the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office on July 6, the warrant states. The ex-wife told detectives the girl allegedly disclosed that he had touched her sexually several times since she was 6 or 7 years old, the warrant states.

The girl told investigators he groped her private parts when she was 8 years old and asked her last year if she wanted him to take her virginity. She said he also exposed himself to her on at least one occasion, the warrant states.

Parker allegedly told sheriff’s detectives on July 23 that he touched the girl’s genitals several times between 2006 and 2009. He also admitted to exposing himself to her multiple times between 2007 and 2014, according to the warrant.

Parker is being held on a $500,000 cash-only bond, according to court records.

Hicks, Yazzie and Emmert are expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing today.

Parker is expected to appear at a preliminary examination hearing on Aug. 13.

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.

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