Former Santa Fe Resident Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Charge
ALBUQUERQUE – This morning, Carl Labadie, 60, a Colorado resident, entered a guilty plea to possession of a visual depiction of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Labadie pled guilty to an indictment charging him with possessing child pornography in Santa Fe, N.M., on March 1, 2012. At the time he committed the offense, Labadie was a resident of Santa Fe, where he was self-employed as an acupuncture and massage therapist.
In his plea agreement, Labadie acknowledged that on March 1, 2012, agents of the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed a search warrant at his Santa Fe residence and seized computers and computer-related media. The search warrant was obtained based on a NMSP undercover investigation that began in Jan. 2012, which determined that an Internet Protocol Address registered to Labadie was being used to distribute child pornography.
While the agents were executing the search warrant at Labadie’s residence, Labadie voluntarily participated in an interview with NMSP and HSI agents during which he admitted using file-sharing programs to download child pornography. Labadie further admitted engaging in this illegal conduct for approximately four years.
Labadie also acknowledged that an examination of the images and videos on his computers and computer-related media by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children revealed 5,350 images and 200 videos of 129 children who have been identified as child pornography victims and have been rescued.
After entering his guilty pleas, Labadie was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. Under the terms of his plea agreement, Labadie will sentenced to four years of imprisonment to be followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the Court. Labadie will pay $500.00 in restitution to each of two victims whose images he possessed on his computers and computer-related media. He also will be required to register as a sex offender.
The case was investigated by the NMSP, HSI and the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Lab, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlyn E. Rees.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales said that Labadie was charged as part of Operation Artemis, an investigative effort by federal, state and local law enforcement affiliates of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force aimed at identifying individuals throughout New Mexico involved in the distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography through peer-to-peer file sharing programs. In March 2012, federal, state and local law enforcement officers executed thirteen unrelated federal and state search warrants at residences throughout New Mexico, and seized computers and computer-related evidence related to child pornography offenses. To date, six individuals have been arrested for violating federal and state child pornography laws based on the search warrants executed as part of Operation Artemis. The law enforcement agencies that participated in Operation Artemis include: HSI, NMSP, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, FBI, Albuquerque Police Department, Los Lunas Police Department, Santa Fe Police Department, Rio Rancho Police Department, and the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Lab.
Operation Artemis was brought 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/.
The Operation also was brought as a part of the New Mexico ICAC Task Force’s mission, which 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 ICAC 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.