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Friday, November 18, 2022

Española man sentenced to nine years in prison for child pornography

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Christopher Baca, 35, of Española, New Mexico, was sentenced on Nov. 16 to nine years and one month in prison for possession of child pornography. Baca pleaded guilty on March 11.

In August 2020, Baca, under the username “C B” within a Kik group, shared more than a dozen videos of young children, some as young as one to three years of age, being sexually abused.

On Jan. 13, 2021, the FBI served a search warrant at Baca’s home, seizing his electronic devices. A forensic examination of four of the electronic devices, including an Asus laptop, a Patriot flash drive, a Samsung Galaxy cellphone and a Samsung hard drive, revealed a total of 730 files containing child pornography. The majority of the files were videos, many of which portrayed sexual abuse of infants, toddlers, or pre-pubescent children. In his plea, Baca admitted that he had previously shared material containing child pornography within Kik Messenger groups.

Upon his release from prison, Baca will be subject to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. Baca must also pay $36,000 in restitution and $22,000 in fines.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program is a nation-wide network of task forces including over 90 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in New Mexico dedicated to investigating, prosecuting and developing effective responses to Internet crimes against children.

Assistant United States Attorney Jaymie L. Roybal prosecuted 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
Press Release Number: 
22-262
Updated November 18, 2022