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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Man from Las Cruces, New Mexico faces federal child pornography charges

             ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Ismael Valdez, 37, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, appeared in federal court in Las Cruces on June 1 for an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted enticement of a minor, attempted production of child pornography, attempted solicitation of child pornography, and attempted transfer of obscene material to a minor.

            According to the criminal complaint, Valdez allegedly committed these offenses between April 29 and May 29 of this year.  Valdez allegedly sent a sexually explicit video to an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a 13-year-old girl on a social networking application.  Valdez also asked the person he thought was a child to send sexually explicit material of herself to him.  Valdez arranged to meet the person he believed was a child to have sex.  He traveled from his home in Las Cruces to the meeting location where law enforcement agents arrested him.

            Valdez is currently in custody pending a detention hearing on June 4.  He faces up to life in prison.  A criminal complaint is only an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

            FBI investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Matilda McCarthy Villalobos is prosecuting the case.

Press Release Number: 
20-094
Updated June 3, 2020