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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER FROM ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., PLEADS GUILTY TO 12 COUNTS OF DISTRIBUTION, RECEIPT, AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW

            ALBUQUERQUE – Donald Tolbert, 50, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to 12 counts of distribution, receipt, and possession of videos and images containing child pornography in violation of federal law.

            According to Tolbert’s plea agreement, he committed these offenses between July 17, 2012, and September 20, 2012.  During that time, Tolbert sent and received numerous images and videos of child pornography by email.  Tolbert then transferred several of those pornography images and videos between his multiple email accounts.  Tolbert also stored videos and images of child pornography on his mother’s computers.  Tolbert committed these offenses after being previously convicted in New Mexico state court of two counts of criminal sexual contact with a minor under the age of 13.

            Tolbert is currently in custody pending sentencing where he faces a term of imprisonment in the range of 30 to 35 years (360 to 420 months).  

            The Albuquerque office of Homeland Security Investigations, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, New Mexico State Probation and Parole, and the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kristopher N. Houghton and Alexander M. Uballez are prosecuting the case.

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Press Release Number: 
19-101
Updated July 12, 2019