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Friday, August 19, 2022

Los Lunas man pleads guilty to production of child pornography

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that Martin Perea, 42, of Los Lunas, New Mexico, pleaded guilty on Aug. 17 to production of child pornography. Perea will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled.

A federal grand jury indicted Perea on Aug. 25, 2015. According to court records, on July 1, 2015, the victim’s mother discovered pornographic content of Perea and the victim on a memory card from Perea’s cellular telephone. The mother confronted Perea about the pornographic content and, two days later, fled with the victim to Spokane, Washington.  Once in Spokane, the mother contacted local law enforcement authorities to file a complaint against Perea.

The FBI obtained a federal search warrant for the card, and on July 28, 2015, a search was performed at the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory. The memory card contained numerous video files of child pornography.

In his plea agreement, Perea admitted that from Oct. 8, 2014, to March 2015, he knowingly used the victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. Perea acknowledged that the victim was seven and eight years old at the time Perea committed the crimes.

By the terms of the plea agreement, Perea faces 17 to 25 years in prison and must register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the FBI Albuquerque Field Office with assistance from the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, the Spokane Police Department and the New Mexico Computer Forensic Laboratory as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. United States Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Assistant United States Attorney Jaymie L. Roybal 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/.,

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.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 
22-183
Updated August 19, 2022