Guilty Pleas in Two New Mexico Child Pornography Cases
The New Mexico RCFL supported two child pornography investigations brought by the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force that resulted in guilty pleas by the defendants and prison sentences. In both cases, the NMRCFL examined seized computers and computer-related evidence.
In one case, Richard Crisman of Rio Rancho, NM, pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and received a 97-month sentence and 25 years of supervised release for his conviction. Crisman acknowledged that a forensic examination of his computers and media uncovered more than 14,000 images and 40 videos of child pornography. He will be required to register as a sex offender following his release from prison. Crisman was arrested in September 2011 as part of Operation Predator, a New Mexico ICAC Task Force investigative effort aimed at identifying individuals throughout New Mexico involved in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography through peer-to-peer file sharing programs. Read the press release.
In a separate case, a husband and wife, Frederick and Carey Gonzales, who both worked with youth, pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. At the time of their arrests in January 2013, Frederick Gonzales was the incoming president of Albuquerque's Young America Football League (YAFL), and Carey Gonzales was employed as a kindergarten teacher's aide by the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS). Frederick Gonzales faces a 97-month prison sentence on receipt of child pornography charges; Carey Gonzales, a 36-month sentence for possession of child pornography charges. Read the press release.