Santa Fe man arrested on child porn charges

José Velasquez

Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 34-year-old man this week on suspicion of downloading and sharing child pornography online.

Detectives searched the Placita de Vida residence of José Velasquez on Tuesday morning after investigators from the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office claimed to have traced downloads of pornographic videos featuring juveniles to an Internet router at his address, according to a statement of probable cause for his arrest.

Investigators say they found USB thumb drives containing 78 images suspected to be child pornography during the search.

Detectives allege Velasquez used a file-sharing program known as Ares to download and share the pornography.

Velasquez is charged with one count of possession of child pornography and five counts of distribution of child pornography — one count for each video investigators allege he shared through the program.

The statement of probable cause says Velasquez asked to speak with an attorney before answering questions from investigators.

Detectives booked Velasquez into the Santa Fe County jail. Arraigned in Magistrate Court on Wednesday, he remained behind bars Wednesday night on a $25,000 cash bond, according to jail records.

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