ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Francisco Saucedo was sentenced by Thirteenth Judicial District Court Judge Christopher Pérez to 30 years in prison, the maximum amount of time allowable, for distributing, manufacturing, and possessing child exploitation materials as well as committing sexual acts and voyuerism against his granddaughter. In 2017, investigators with the Office of the Attorney General became aware that Saucedo downloaded and copied numerous digital files of child exploitation materials, which included nude images of Saucedo’s seven-year-old granddaughter. Investigators employed the use of specially trained forensic interviewers to speak to the young girl, who bravely disclosed that Saucedo inappropriately touched her.
“We must protect our children from sexual predators,” said Attorney General Balderas. “I applaud this young survivor and her family for having the fortitude to disclose Saucedo’s crimes and see these disclosures through to convictions.”
The State and the victim’s family asked the Court to impose the maximum sentence of 30 years. When Judge Pérez handed down his sentence, he specifically noted the statement made by the child survivor and that Saucedo’s possession, distribution, and creation of child exploitation materials was not a victimless crime, and that it continued to victimize the children depicted in the images and videos.
The case was brought as a part of the Office of the New Mexico Attorney General Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force mission, which is to locate, track, and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child exploiters in New Mexico. The NM ICAC Task Force consists of 89 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, which is funded by a federal grant through OJJDP administered by the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General. Anyone with information relating to suspected child predators and suspected child abuse is encouraged to contact law enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Brittany DuChaussee.