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Albuquerque, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Second Judicial District Court Judge Jacqueline Flores sentenced Mark Vallejos to 5 years in the Department of Corrections for possession of child pornography. An investigation by the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force into the online distribution of child pornography over peer-to-peer file sharing networks led to a search of Vallejos’ residence.

Santa Fe, NM---In response to this week’s white supremacist attack on the India Palace restaurant in Santa Fe, Attorney General Hector Balderas today renewed his call for the New Mexico Legislature to update New Mexico’s anti-domestic terrorism and hate crimes statutes, as well as fund an anti-domestic terrorism unit in the Office of the Attorney General.

Santa Fe, NM---New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision upholding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy. In November of 2019, the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General and a coalition of 21 attorneys general defended DACA before the Supreme Court. In today’s decision, the Supreme Court held that the Trump Administration acted illegally when it attempted to end DACA. As a result, the policy remains in effect for now, protecting hundreds of thousands of Dreamers across the country.

Farmington, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Rick Tedrow announced that Eleventh Judicial District Court Judge Daylene Marsh sentenced Dallas Baron to 7.5 years in the Department of Corrections for multiple counts of child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and battery following a multi-day jury trial that occurred in January 2020. Prosecutors at trial presented evidence that Baron and her co-defendant, Lindsey Moss, partnered together to record their abuse of an eight-year-old boy with Down Syndrome on camera. While babysitting the young boy, Moss and Baron created videos of themselves throwing things at the child, teaching him to smoke from a bong, and pushing him down. The Defendants can be heard laughing about their actions in the videos.

Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Hector Balderas today announced that the Office of the Attorney General is currently investigating the death of Rodney Lynch for possible illegal use of force by members of the Gallup Police Department.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Victor Gonzales was arrested late last night on charges of Kidnapping, Criminal Sexual Penetration, and Aggravated Battery stemming from a 2010 sexual assault. In 2010, the female survivor immediately reported to law enforcement that she was abducted and sexually assaulted by an unknown male. Although a Sexual Assault Examination Kit was completed after the incident, it remained untested for 8 years. After testing, the male DNA was entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and matched to a known sex offender, Victor Gonzales.

Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Balderas issued the following statement in response to an order issued today from the New Mexico Supreme Court, granting the Office of the Attorney General’s petition...

Santa Fe, NM---Attorney General Balderas today joined a multistate coalition in filing a motion for a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s unlawful final rule redefining the “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

SANTA FE, NM – Attorney General Balderas, along with a coalition of 34 attorneys general, today announced a settlement with Santander Consumer USA Inc. (Santander) that includes approximately $550 million in relief for consumers with even more relief in additional deficiency waivers expected.

Santa Fe, NM --- Attorney General Hector Balderas announced today that his office has sued JUUL Labs Inc. for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally marketing and selling its e-cigarettes to young people. The lawsuit, filed in the First Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, alleges that the company illegally advertised and sold nicotine products to underage youth and created an epidemic of nicotine addiction among young people. The lawsuit demands that JUUL pay for the costs associated with combating this public health crisis affecting young people across New Mexico.

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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...

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