New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case
7/25/12 – New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case
Duane Chavez, a former state corrections officer, faces 36 months imprisonment and a term of supervised release after he entered a guilty plea today to federal child pornography charges. Chavez admitted to using a file sharing program to download child pornography. The New Mexico RCFL's forensic examination of Chavez's computer and computer-related media revealed 15 such files.
The case began as an undercover investigation in January 2012 by the New Mexico State Police (NMSP), which revealed that an IP address subscribed to Chavez's residence was participating in the distribution of child pornography. New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force executed a search warrant at Chavez's residence in March. Chavez was charged as part of Operation Artemis, an investigative effort by federal, state, and local law enforcement affiliates of the New Mexico ICAC task force. The case was investigated by the Los Lunas, NM Police Department, the New Mexico State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, and the New Mexico RCFL. Read the DOJ Press Release.