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Albuquerque Man to Serve Forty-Six Months in Prison for Federal Child Pornography Conviction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE – Christopher Daves, 26, of Albuquerque, N.M., was sentenced to 46 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his possession of child pornography conviction. Daves also will be required to register as a sex offender after he completes his prison sentence. The sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales and Acting Special Agent in Charge Dennis A. Ulrich, II, with El Paso Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Daves was arrested on July 11, 2012, as the result of an undercover operation initiated by the New Mexico State Police. Based on that investigation, HSI executed a search warrant at Daves’ residence on May 2, 2012, and seized his laptop computer. While the warrant was being executed, Daves voluntarily agreed to be interviewed, and admitted that he used his laptop to download child pornography on multiple occasions. A forensic examination of Daves’ laptop computer uncovered hundreds of images of child pornography.

The case was investigated by HSI and the New Mexico State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlyn E. Rees.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, 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 www.justice.gov/psc/.

The case also was brought as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force whose mission it 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 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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