Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charge
7/24/12 – Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charge
Antonio Gallegos of Albuquerque, arrested in April, plead guilty to federal charges today, admitting to knowingly distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography through a peer-to-peer file sharing program. He faces 5 to 20 years in prison and up to a lifetime of supervised release. The New Mexico RCFL conducted the examination of Gallegos' computer and computer-related media.
Gallegos was arrested as part of Operation Artemis, an investigative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement affiliates of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) aimed at identifying individuals throughout New Mexico involved in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography through peer-to-peer file sharing programs. Operation Artemis was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The Operation also was brought as a part of the New Mexico ICAC Task Force's mission, which is to locate, track, and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child pornographers in New Mexico. Click here to read the DOJ press release.