(STL.News) – Gilbert Gallegos, 44, of Lordsburg, New Mexico, was arraigned in federal court on Sept. 24 on charges of production and possession of child pornography. Gallegos will remain detained pending trial.
According to a criminal complaint, on April 15, Gallegos allegedly was in possession of pornographic videos on his cellphone from July 2, 2019, depicting a minor victim who is nude from the waist down. Gallegos allegedly is identified as participating in the videos. Other videos recovered from Gallegos’ phone allegedly contain child pornography.
If convicted, Gallegos faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison for production of child pornography and up to 20 years in prison for possession of child pornography. A criminal complaint is only an allegation. A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Homeland Security Investigations and the Lordsburg Police Department investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa A. Ong is prosecuting the case.