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Federal jury convicts man for production of child pornography

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Alexander M.M. Uballez, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, announced that a federal jury on Sept. 28 returned a guilty verdict on Michael Bauldwin. The jury convicted Bauldwin, 43, of Albuquerque, on two counts of production of child pornography.

A federal grand jury indicted Bauldwin on Oct. 19, 2019.

On Oct. 9, 2019, officers from the Albuquerque Police Department (APD) responded to a report of suspected child pornography on Bauldwin’s electronic tablet. The responding officers notified APD’s Child Exploitation Detail (“CED”) and Crimes Against Children Unit (“CACU”). The tablet contained videos showing Bauldwin engaged in sexual acts with a minor victim.

Bauldwin will remain in custody pending sentencing, which has not been scheduled. He faces a minimum of 15 years and up to 30 years in prison as to each count and must register as a sex offender.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office and APD investigated this case. This case was investigated as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC) and the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.  Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and DOJ’s Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

The ICAC Task Force Program is a nation-wide network of task forces including over 90 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in New Mexico dedicated to investigating, prosecuting and developing effective responses to Internet crimes against children.

Assistant United States Attorneys Eva M. Fontanez and Sarah J. Mease are prosecuting the case.

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