Jeffrey Dean Biddle Sentenced to Life in Prison
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, and Francisco B. Burrola, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations El Paso, announced that Jeffery Dean Biddle was sentenced to life in prison. Biddle, 42, of Deming, pleaded guilty on Oct. 26 to production and attempted production of child pornography, receipt and attempted receipt of child pornography, and enticement and attempted enticement of a minor.
According to the plea agreement and other court records, in 2021, Biddle, a registered sex offender, started a conversation with a minor victim he met through Facebook. The conversation eventually moved to text messages and Biddle coerced the victim to take pornographic photos to send to him. Biddle specifically requested “naked” pictures and asked for nude photographs approximately 24 times. During these text exchanges, Biddle also sent the victim nude photographs of himself.
Biddle had entered into a global plea agreement where he also agreed to plead guilty in state court to multiple counts of Criminal Sexual Penetration in the First Degree (Child under 13), and Criminal Sexual Penetration in the Second Degree (Child under 13). That conduct involved Biddle’s sexual abuse of an 18-month-old child. On December 5, 2022, Biddle pled guilty in state court and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. When Biddle was originally arrested on those charges, he admitted to molesting at least eleven children, most of whom were under the age of five.
“This sentence was eminently fitting, given the abhorrent acts committed against innocent and vulnerable children,” said Francisco B. Burrola, Special Agent in Charge for HSI El Paso. “This case demonstrates once again how producing child pornography and abuse can go hand-in-hand. For that reason, child exploitation investigations are a top priority for Homeland Security Investigations, and we will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to hold devious sexual predators accountable for their actions.”
“One child is too many. Eleven is unspeakable. Today, the Court imposed the only sentence which will ensure this serial child molester will never add another name to his terrible list,” said U.S. Attorney Alexander Uballez. “This case highlights what is possible when local, state, and federal agencies team up to relentlessly pursue sexual predators who seek to harm our most vulnerable population.”
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) investigated this case with assistance from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Las Cruces District Office, New Mexico State Police, the Deming Police Department, Luna County Sheriff’s Office, and the District Attorney’s Office for the Sixth Judicial District as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program is a nationwide 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 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 April 25, 2023
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