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Former Santa Fe Resident To Serve Four Years In Federal Prison For Child Pornography Conviction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Carl Labadie, 60, a Colorado resident, was sentenced earlier today to four years in prison followed by ten years of supervised release for his child pornography conviction. Labadie also was ordered to pay $500.00 in restitution to each of the two victims whose images he possessed on his computers and computer-related media. Labadie will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence.

Labadie pled guilty on Jan. 11, 2013, to an indictment charging him with possessing child pornography in Santa Fe, N.M., on March 1, 2012. At the time he committed the offense, Labadie was a resident of Santa Fe, where he was self-employed as an acupuncture and massage therapist.

In his plea agreement, Labadie acknowledged that on March 1, 2012, agents of the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at his Santa Fe residence and seized computers and computer-related media. The search warrant was obtained based on a NMSP undercover investigation that began in Jan. 2012, which determined that an IP Address registered to Labadie was being used to access child pornography. While the agents were executing the search warrant at Labadie’s residence, Labadie voluntarily participated in an interview with NMSP and HSI agents during which he admitted using file-sharing programs to download child pornography for approximately four years.

Labadie also acknowledged that an examination of the images and videos on his computers and computer-related media by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children revealed 5,350 images and 200 videos of 129 children who have been identified as child pornography victims and have been rescued.
Labadie has been in federal custody since entering his guilty plea.

This case was investigated by the NMSP, HSI and the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Lab, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlyn E. Rees.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Labadie was charged 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) Task Force aimed at identifying individuals throughout New Mexico involved in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography through peer-to-peer file sharing programs. In March 2012, federal, state and local law enforcement officers executed thirteen unrelated federal and state search warrants at residences throughout New Mexico, and seized computers and computer-related evidence related to child pornography offenses. To date, ten individuals have been arrested for violating federal and state child pornography laws based on the search warrants executed as part of Operation Artemis. The law enforcement agencies that participated in Operation Artemis include: HSI, NMSP, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, FBI, Albuquerque Police Department, Los Lunas Police Department, Santa Fe Police Department, Rio Rancho Police Department, and the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Lab.

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. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s 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 http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

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. There are 64 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies associated with the ICAC Task Force, which is funded by a grant administered by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office. Anyone with information relating to suspected child predators and suspected child abuse is encouraged to contact federal or local law enforcement.

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