- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) - A former Farmington police officer has been acquitted of rape and child molestation charges.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/1TuacfI) that Richard Emmert Jr. was found not guilty Friday on all counts in a bench trial in Aztec.

The 26-year-old was accused of sexually assaulting two female relatives several years ago before he was a police officer.

His attorney, Mitch Burns, says they were thankful to the judge.

Burns says his client is a good man born into a chaotic family.

During the two-day trial, a 20-year-old relative testified that Emmert raped and threatened her when she was 14.

The alleged second victim, who is 13, refused to testify but accused Emmert previously of raping her when she was ages 8 and 11.

Emmert denied the allegations.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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