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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 12, 2021

Gallup man charged with possession and distribution of child pornography

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Ervinson Yazzie, 30, of Gallup, New Mexico, was charged in federal court on April 7 with receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography. Yazzie was ordered to remain in custody pending release to a halfway house.

            According to a criminal complaint, on Oct. 10, 2018, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office received a CyberTipline report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which alleged that Yazzie had used Facebook to send child pornography to another Facebook user. The investigation that followed revealed that Yazzie allegedly had sent additional child pornography files through Facebook and possessed more child pornography on a computer hard drive.

            A complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. If convicted, Yazzie faces a minimum of five years and up to 20 years in prison.

            The Gallup Resident Agency of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with assistance from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Lab.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah J. Mease is prosecuting the case.

Press Release Number: 
21-70
Updated April 12, 2021