Deming man sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced today that Guillermo Rodriguez Garcia was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Garcia, 40, of Deming, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court on July 6, 2022, to production of a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
According to court records, Garcia came to the attention of the Deming Police Department in 2020 when officers responded to an incident relating to an accusation of sexual abuse of a child. During a follow-up interview, Garcia admitted that he had sexually molested a 12-year-old in his care “numerous times,” as well as another minor beginning when they were 10 years old. Garcia was arrested on state charges at that time. Garcia was federally arrested when it was discovered he had produced videos of himself sexually abusing the 12-year-old.
“Child victims of sexual assault are often doomed to a life sentence in the shadow of their abuse,” said United States Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez. “While Garcia will spend three decades in prison, the effects of his heinous actions will echo for far longer. That is why, during my term as the United States Attorney, I have personally prosecuted sex offenders and will use the weight of the federal government to protect our children from these pernicious predators.”
“This sentence matches the revolting actions of a despicable criminal who exploited innocent children for his personal gratification,” said Francisco B. Burrola, special agent in charge of HSI El Paso. “Homeland Security Investigations will never relent in our efforts to put child predators where they belong – behind bars!”
Upon his release from prison, Garcia will be subject to lifetime supervised release and must register as a sex offender.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated this case with assistance from the Sixth Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Deming Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Marisa A. Ong and Matilda McCarthy Villalobos are 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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Updated February 1, 2023
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