Sheriff’s Office Arrests Man on Child Porn and Molestation Charges

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Date:              03/19/2014

San Juan County, NM - Lariat Charles, 39, of Bloomfield, NM was arrested March 8, 2014 following a six month child pornography investigation conducted by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the New Mexico ICAC Taskforce, and the FBI.  During the course of the investigation, Special Enforcement Team (SET) deputies and detectives located multiple child porn images and videos on Charles’ computer.  The images showed children being sexually abused and raped, many by adult men.  Investigators also located videos of underage females in the shower, recorded at Charles’ home in the vicinity of the 600 block of Road 4990.

In subsequent interviews, Charles acknowledged possessing the child pornography and admitted to secretly filming a young, female family friend, and later, a young, female family member, in the shower.   He further admitted to molesting the same girls on several occasions while they slept.

MUG SHOT - CHARLES, LARIET DAVID 03-08-14 (2)Charles was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on the charges of Sexual Exploitation of Children by manufacturing (a 2nd degree felony)(2 counts), Sexual Exploitation of Children by possession (a 4th degree felony) (10 Counts), Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor (Child 13 – 18, force or coercion)  (4th degree felony) (4 counts) and Voyeurism (victim less than 18 years of age) (a 4th degree felony (2 counts).  He is being held on a $150,000 cash bond.

“This case is very disturbing on many levels,” said Sheriff Ken Christesen.  “It reinforces why we in law enforcement must be vigilant and proactive to remove these predators from society to protect our most precious resource, our children.”  The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office is a part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, whose mission is to locate, track, and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child pornographers in New Mexico.

 

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