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ALBUQUERQUE, NM ---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Gallegos sentenced Curtis Clayton to five years in the Department of Corrections for possession of child exploitation material, which depicted sexual exploitation of a child under 13. Investigators with the Office of the Attorney General conducted a search warrant of Clayton’s residence where they found over a thousand images of child sexual exploitation.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Sandoval County grand jury indicted convicted sex offender Rollie Bruvold on four counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under 13 years old. The crimes allegedly occurred in 1985 while Bruvold was camping with the child in the Jemez area. Earlier this year, the Court of Appeals reduced Bruvold’s 108-year sentence in a 2002 child-sex case to 18 years, which Bruvold has already served.

Albuquerque, NM – Attorney General Hector Balderas today filed a lawsuit against Google, LLC alleging the tech giant is illegally collecting personal information from New Mexico school children under 13, in violation of the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and New Mexico’s Unfair Practices Act. Google offers its G Suite for Education products (including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and other services), along with Google Chromebook laptop computers, to school districts across New Mexico at no cost. In his lawsuit, the Attorney General alleges that Google then uses its products to collect large quantities of valuable personal information, without their parents’ consent, from children under 13 who are often required by their schools to use these services.

Farmington, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Rick Tedrow announced that Lindsey Moss and Dallas Baron were both convicted of multiple counts of child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and battery, following two separate jury trials. Prosecutors presented evidence that Moss and Baron partnered together to record themselves abusing an eight-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. While babysitting the young boy, Moss and Baron were seen making videos of themselves throwing things at the child, teaching him to smoke from a bong, and pushing him down. The females can be heard laughing about their actions in the videos.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, was sentenced to six years of incarceration for his sexual assault of a second grade student at Fairview Elementary School during the 2006-07 school year. A jury found him guilty of 3rd-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 years old.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Mario Morales was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, the maximum amount of time allowed under a plea in which Morales plead to trafficking of a woman in Albuquerque. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Alisa Hart in the Second Judicial District.

Albuquerque, NM---Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general fighting to ensure that the states can continue to benefit from powerful tools under Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act that help them protect consumers from fraud and abusive consumers practices. In an amicus brief filed in Seila Law, LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the coalition argues that the U.S. Supreme Court should preserve the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other significant consumer protections provided by Title X.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Joshua Saavedra, a longtime foster parent from Albuquerque who agreed to trade drugs and money for sex with who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Second Judicial District Court Judge Brett Loveless following a guilty plea to the crime of sexual exploitation of children by prostitution. In March 2019, agents with the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes against Children/Human Trafficking Unit spearheaded this undercover sting operation by posing as a mother selling sexual access to her 13-year-old daughter online.

Santa Fe, NM– Attorney General Baldears joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.

Albuquerque, NM----Attorney General Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools on Monday, January 6, 2020. The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns. Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school settings, using technology to safely report school safety concerns, and effective measures for combating cyberbullying.

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Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned. The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert regarding phone recordings threatening New Mexicans with federal enforcement action by the U. S. Treasury and appearances before a grand jury or federal magistrate judge. The scam recording tells New Mexicans they must call various phone numbers with out of state area codes. Scams like this one are flooding New Mexico and since May 2, 2016, nearly 700 reports have been made...