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AG Balderas Announces Criminal S*xual Pe*******on & Child Exploitation Arrest Involving Several Child Victims in Tucumca...
08/14/2017
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AG Balderas Announces Criminal S*xual Pe*******on & Child Exploitation Arrest Involving Several Child Victims in Tucumcari

Attorney General is looking for other potential victims in this case

Tucumcari, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a 29-year-old man was arrested this morning in Tucumcari by Office of the Attorney General special agents for multiple s*x offenses in connection to the criminal s*xual pe*******on and solicitation of several girls ranging from 14-17 years-old. Anthony Groomas was booked into the Quay County Detention Center on a $15,000 cash only bond this morning.

“Protecting New Mexico’s children from s*xual predators is our highest priority and I am urging the public to come forward with any information they have about these charges or related offenses,” said Attorney General Balderas. “Whether you live in cities like Albuquerque or Las Cruces, or more rural areas like Quay County, parents must watch for signs of s*xual predators soliciting their children and report it to authorities immediately.”

Anthony Groomas was charged with five counts of Criminal S*xual Pe*******on (second-degree), four counts S*xual Exploitation of Children (Production) (a Third-Degree Felony), seven counts S*xual Exploitation of Children (Manufacturing) (a Second-Degree Felony), one count S*xual Exploitation of Children (Possession) (a Fourth-Degree Felony), five counts Contributing to Delinquency of Minor (a Fourth-Degree Felony) and one count Tampering with Evidence (a Third-Degree Felony).

The Office of the New Mexico Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children Unit special agents are searching for information on these charges or related offenses. If you have any information, please call (505) 717-3542, or you can report anonymously through the National Center for Missing and Exploited children: www.cybertipline.com or 1-800-843-5678.

See attached for a copy of the booking photo.

The CyberTipline is the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's reporting mechanism for suspected child s*xual exploitation. To make a report visit www.cybertipline.com.

09/28/2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Contact: James Hallinan

September 27, 2016 (505) 660-2216

AZTEC & ESTANCIA: Attorney General Announces Cyber Safety & Su***de Awareness Training

Aztec, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding a cyber safety training for Estancia middle and high school students and parents tomorrow morning. The general public and media are welcome to attend. The Attorney General also announced a Su***de Awareness training for Aztec middle and high school students tomorrow. This training is also open to the public and media.

Media interested in attending any of the presentations should RSVP to James Hallinan at (505) 660-2216 or [email protected].

Su***de Awareness – Aztec – Open to the general public and media

Wednesday, September 28, 9:55 AM & 12:55 PM

100 S Oliver Dr, Aztec, NM 87410



Cyber Safety – Estancia – Open to the general public and media

Wednesday, September 28, 8:15 AM – 9:15 AM

Estancia High School

709 West Hopewell, Estancia, NM 87016,

09/16/2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 16, 2016

Media Contact:
Georgette Allen
(505) 320-9757

Farmington man arrested on charges of child s*xual abuse

Farmington, NM – Farmington police arrested a 23-year-old man on charges of child s*xual abuse. On the morning of September 15, Farmington police were dispatched to an address on Lee Avenue in reference to s*xual abuse against a 5-year-old girl. The child’s mother and her boyfriend, Scott Charles of Farmington, went to stay at the apartment, belonging to a relative, for the night.

At approximately 2:30 a.m. a relative of the child’s mother heard the child scream. The relative found the child in the living room, shaking and crying while trying to pull up her pajama pants. Charles was lying next to the child, unclothed from the waist down. The family member removed the child and took her to another room for safety.

Through the initial investigation, officers learned that Charles may have s*xually abused the girl on several occasions over a period of a couple years in various locations. A child forensic interview and s*xual assault exam were conducted as part of the investigation and detectives questioned Charles further. A victim advocate with the Farmington Police Department assisted the child’s mother in obtaining an order of protection to prevent Charles from having further contact with the child, in the event he is able to bond out of jail.

Charles was arrested and charged with Criminal S*xual Pe*******on of a minor, a first degree felony that carries a sentence of up to 18 years imprisonment. He is being held at the San Juan County Detention Center on a $60,000 bond

09/12/2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Contact: Matt Baca

September 12, 2016 (505) 827-6000

Attorney General Su***de Awareness Training for Students, Parents & Educators

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding a free su***de awareness training for Explore Academy students, parents and educators this week.

Media interested in attending should RSVP to James Hallinan at (505) 660-2216 or [email protected].
Su***de Awareness – Albuquerque – Open to media and Explore Academy students and parents

Tuesday, September 13, 7:45am – 9:00am

Explore Academy

6900 Los Volcanes Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM

09/09/2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Contact: James Hallinan

September 8, 2016 (505) 660-2216

South Valley Friday: Free Attorney General Cyber Safety Training for Students, Parents & Educators

Albuquerque, NM – This week, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding a free cyber safety training for South Valley Prep students, parents and educators this week.

Media interested in attending should RSVP to James Hallinan at (505) 660-2216 or [email protected].

Cyber Safety – South Valley – Open to the media and South Valley Prep students and parents

Tomorrow, Friday, September 9, 12:00 pm – 1:30pm

South Valley Preparatory School

2813 Gun Club Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

09/07/2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Contact: James Hallinan

September 7, 2016 (505) 660-2216

South Valley Friday: Free Attorney General Cyber Safety Training for Students, Parents & Educators

Albuquerque, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding a free cyber safety training for South Valley Prep students, parents and educators this week.

Media interested in attending should RSVP to James Hallinan at (505) 660-2216 or [email protected].

Cyber Safety – South Valley – Open to the media and South Valley Prep students and parents

Friday, September 9, 12:00 pm – 1:30pm

South Valley Preparatory School

2813 Gun Club Rd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

06/17/2016
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Attorney General Balderas Announces Results of National Effort to Lock Up Child Predators

Operation Broken Heart III was a two-month-long coordinated statewide law enforcement sweep

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces around the country, including the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General ICAC Task Force, launched a two month operation in April called Operation Broken Heart III. The operation was a coordinated effort by law enforcement representing more than 3,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies with the purpose of arresting as many child predators as possible and providing as much cyber safety education and outreach as possible to children, parents and educators throughout New Mexico.

“The Office of the Attorney General and our over 90 law enforcement ICAC task force members around New Mexico have no higher priority than protecting our state’s most innocent and vulnerable citizens – our children,” said Attorney General Balderas. “I want to thank law enforcement agencies from San Juan to Lea Counties, from Albuquerque to Alamogordo, from Santa Fe to Silver City, for their participation in this successful operation to protect our children from horrendous predators.”

During Operation Broken Heart III, the New Mexico ICAC Task Force conducted 63 search warrants, made 21 arrests/served arrest warrants, presented 156 cyber safety trainings reaching over 5,400 attendees, and conducted three public safety events impacting over 8,770 attendees across New Mexico.

The New Mexico ICAC Task Force’s operation concentrated on offenders who: (1) possess, manufacture, and distribute child p**nography; (2) engage in online enticement of children for s*xual purposes; (3) engage in the commercial s*xual exploitation of children (commonly referred to as child prostitution), and (4) engage in child s*x tourism (traveling abroad for the purpose of s*xually abusing foreign children).
All participating ICAC task forces in the United States will compile arrest statistics from the two-month-long Operation Broken Heart III and share them with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in Washington, D.C.

Attorney General Balderas is committed to protecting children from cyber predators through his ICAC Unit and the New Mexico ICAC Task Force, which is a multi-agency network of law enforcement personnel statewide whose mission is to locate, track, and capture Internet child s*xual predators and Internet child p**nographers. The Office of the Attorney General ICAC Unit has a fully equipped computer lab specifically designed to provide forensic analysis to law enforcement agencies working ICAC cases and special criminal investigations serving all of New Mexico’s 33 counties.

To report suspected child exploitation please contact the Office of the Attorney General toll free at 1-866-627-3249 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or www.missingkids.com.

05/03/2016

ABQ & ESTANCIA: AG Cyber Safety & Teen Dating Violence Trainings for Students

Estancia, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General Community Outreach Division will be holding cyber safety and teen dating violence trainings for students in Albuquerque and Estancia this week. Below is a list of the trainings.

Media interested in attending any of the presentations should RSVP to James Hallinan at (505) 660-2216 or [email protected].

Cyber Safety – Albuquerque
Tuesday, May 3, 7:30am – 3:30pm
Explore Academy Charter School
3831 Midway Place Albuquerque, NM 87109

Teen Dating Violence – Albuquerque
Wednesday & Thursday, May 4-5, 7:25am – 3:00pm
Highland High School
4700 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Cyber Safety – Estancia
Thursday, May 5, 12:30pm – 1:30pm
"Kids in the Courthouse Art Project" Program with Moriarty Elementary School
Neil Mertz Judicial Complex, 903 5th St, Estancia, NM 87016

Teen Dating Violence – Albuquerque
Friday, May 6, 7:30am – 2:30pm
Volcano Vista High School
8100 Rainbow Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114

Address

201 Third Street NW, Suite 300
Albuquerque, NM
87102

General information

New Mexico’s ICAC Task Force is developing cooperative working agreements with local law enforcement to facilitate their training to investigating and prosecuting these complex cyber cases. Currently, the following agencies are affiliated with New Mexico’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Albuquerque Police Department; Alamogordo Department Public Safety; Artesia Police Department; Aztec Police Department; Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office; Bernalillo Police Department; Carlsbad Police Department; Chaves County Sheriff’s Office; Clovis Police Department; Curry County Sheriff’s Office; Deming Police Department; US Attorney’s Office, NM District (FED); Dona Ana County Sheriff’s Office; Eddy County Sheriff’s Office; Espanola Police Department; Edgewood Police Department Farmington Police Department FBI (FED); Hobbs Police Department; Department of Homeland Security Investigations (FED); 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office; Grant County Sheriff’s Office; Grants Police Department; Las Cruces Police Department; Laguna Tribal Police Department; Los Lunas Police Department; Los Lunas Public School Police; Melrose Police Department; Mora Police Department; Moriarty Police Department; McKinley County Sheriff’s Office; New Mexico State Police; New Mexico State University Police; Otero County Sheriff’s Office; Portales Police Department; Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office; Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Office; Rio Rancho Police Department; Ruidoso Police Department; Roswell Police Department; Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office; San Juan County Sheriff’s Office; Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office; Santa Fe Police Department; Silver City Police Department; Springer Police Department; State Department of Corrections, Probation and Parole; Taos Police Department; T or C Police Department; US Marshal Service (FEDERAL); University of New Mexico Police; United States Airforce Office; Special Investigations; United States Probation & Pretrial Services; Valencia County Sheriff’s Office; New Mexico S*xual Assault Programs Inc., State Wide NON-PROFIT; La Pinon S*xual Assault Services, Las Cruces NON-PROFIT; Solace Crisis Treatment Center NON-PROFIT; NM Children Safehouse Network.

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