Chaparral man pleads guilty in federal child porn case

El Paso News

A Chaparral, New Mexico man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to child pornography charges stemming from an October 2017 arrest.

Juan Martin Rosales, 49, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of producing child pornography and three counts of possessing child pornography. The indictment alleged Rosales produced child pornography four times on Sept. 28, 2016 and 11 times on Sept. 30, 2016. 

The indictment also alleged Rosales possessed two micro SD cards and a smartphone containing child pornography during the execution of a search warrant on Oct. 16, 2017. 

The investigation began in April 2017 when Rosales’ neighbors reported to Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office that Rosales had a tablet containing images of child pornography. 

At sentencing, Rosales faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison. He has been in custody since his arrest in October and will remain in the Doña Ana County Detention Center until his sentencing which has yet to be scheduled.

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