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Truth or Consequences Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Production of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – 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 (HSI) El Paso, announced that James Dooly Pollock was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Pollock, 39, of Truth or Consequences, pled guilty in federal court on July 13, 2022, to production of a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

On Dec 30, 2021, the father of a 14-year-old victim submitted his daughter’s cell phone to the Truth or Consequences Police Department (TCPD) and reported that the cell phone contained video of an adult male having sex with the victim. After obtaining the father’s permission and a search warrant, TCPD transferred the cell phone to New Mexico State Police (NMSP) for extraction of the phone’s contents. Approximately eight videos of Pollock and the victim were found within "WhatsApp" chats. Within the chats, there was also a message where Pollock told the victim, “You need to get an appslock app to hide things on your phone.”

Upon his release from prison, Pollock will be subject to 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Homeland Security Investigations, the NMSP and TCPD investigated this case. Assistant United States Attorneys Clara Cobos and Marisa Ong 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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23-260

Updated November 3, 2023

Topic
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 23-260