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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 2022

Albuquerque man sentenced to 20 years in prison for aggravated sexual abuse in Indian Country

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Eddie Gomez, 30, of Albuquerque, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for two counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Indian Country. Gomez pleaded guilty on Feb. 28, 2022.

According to the plea agreement, between May 28, 20212, and May 27, 2014, Gomez sexually abused Jane Doe 1 in her home on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Gomez also admitted to sexually abusing Jane Doe 2 on Nov. 25, 2016, in her parents’ home on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Both victims are enrolled members of the Jicarilla Apache Nation and were less than 16 years old at the time of the abuse.

Upon his release from prison, Gomez will be subject to 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from Jicarilla Apache Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Spindle is prosecuting the case 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/.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Indian Country Law and Justice
Press Release Number: 
22-136
Updated June 10, 2022