Roger Montoya, a Northern New Mexico Democrat who is running for the state House of Representatives, confirmed Monday he appeared in pornographic films when he was a struggling college student nearly four decades ago.

“I am not proud of that choice, as I was young, and naïve,” Montoya said in a statement posted on his campaign’s Facebook page. “But those experiences helped me to understand the exploitation young people face.”

Montoya’s past work in pornography was first reported last week by the Piñon Post, a conservative online news organization that said Montoya appeared to engage in “unprotected sex in multiple gay films” under the names “Joe Savage” or “Eric Martinez.” The news organization said it had not been able to confirm the allegations.

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