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Las Cruces Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

March 10, 2011

LAS CRUCES -- United States Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that today, David Rounbehler, 74, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, pled guilty to possession of child pornography, as charged in count 2 of the indictment.  During his plea hearing, Rounbehler admitted that in July 2007, he possessed 46 images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  According to the indictment, one of the images Rounbehler possessed depicted a prepubescent female engaging in a sex act with an adult male.

Rounbehler, who was arrested on October 8, 2010, remains in custody pending his sentencing hearing.  The maximum penalty Rounbehler could receive for this offense is ten years of imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a lifetime term of supervised release.

This case was the result of an investigation led by the Las Cruces Police Department and Homeland Security Investigations in Las Cruces in conjunction with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  The case is being prosecuted by Stephen H. Wong, Assistant United States Attorney, as part of the national Project Safe Childhood Initiative, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit   

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