Skip to main content
Press Release

Acoma Pueblo Man Sentenced to Fifteen Years for Federal Child Sexual Abuse Conviction

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
Prosecution Brought Under Project Safe Childhood

ALBUQUERQUE – Emery Vallo, Sr., 60, a member and resident of Acoma, N.M., was sentenced this morning in federal court in Santa Fe, N.M., to 15 years in federal prison for his child sexual abuse conviction.  Vallo will be on supervised released for five years following his release from prison.  He also will be required to register as a sex offender.

Vallo was arrested on Oct. 23, 2015, on an indictment alleging that he sexually abused the child victim from May 1, 2002 through Sept. 1, 2003, and attempted to sexually abuse the child victim from March 1, 2007 through Sept. 1 2007.  The charges alleged in the indictment took place in Indian Country in Cibola County, N.M.

On Nov. 6, 2015, Vallo entered a guilty plea to an aggravated sexual abuse charge.  In entering his guilty plea, Vallo admitted sexually molesting a child on two separate occasions between May 2002 and Sept. 2003.  He also admitted attempting to sexually molest the same child between March 2007 and Sept. 2007.  Vallo also acknowledged sexually molesting a five-year-old child approximately 40 years ago when he was 18 years old.  Although the statute of limitations has long since lapsed on that crime, Vallo acknowledged the crime to provide solace to the victim who is still affected by the incident. 

This case was investigated by the Laguna/Acoma Agency of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services and the Acoma Pueblo Tribal Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Adams 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

Updated February 8, 2016

Project Safe Childhood