Quay County Sun - Serving the High Plains

By QCS Staff 

Tucumcari man arrested on multiple charges of alleged criminal sexual penetration


August 14, 2017

Courtesy Photo: Quay County Detention Center

Anthony Groomas was arrested today and booked into the Quay County Detention Center for 23 counts of alleged criminal sexual penetration.

TUCUMCARI - A Tucumcari man was arrested Monday on 23 felony charges connected to alleged criminal sexual penetration and criminal exploitation of girls ranging from 14 to 17 years old.

Anthony Groomas, 29, was booked into the Quay County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash only bond following his arrest, according to a release from New Mexico Attorney General Henry Balderas' office.

Groomas is charged with five counts of second-degree criminal sexual penetration, 12 counts of sexual exploitation of children (four for production, seven for manufacturing, one for possession), five counts of contributing to delinquency of a minor and one count of tampering with evidence.

It was not immediately known if Groomas had an attorney.

"Protecting New Mexico's children from sexual predators is our highest priority and I am urging the public to come forward with any information they have about these charges or related offenses," Balderas said. "Whether you live in cities like Albuquerque or Las Cruces, or more rural areas like Quay County, parents must watch for signs of sexual predators soliciting their children and report it to authorities immediately."


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