Portales Man Guilty of Possession of Child Pornography
Portales, NM ~ Andrea Reeb, Ninth Judicial District Attorney, announced that Robert Hawkins, age 25, of Portales, NM, was found guilty by a Roosevelt county jury on Friday, May 15, 2015, of possession of child pornography.
The ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force of the State Attorney General’s Office began an investigation into files being downloaded to a computer in Portales, NM. A search warrant was issued for Hawkins’ computers that were suspected as being used to illegally download child pornography. Hawkins was arrested on February 19, 2014, after the Portales Police Department received forensic reports on the computers from the New Mexico Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory. Over 167 images were discovered, however since the recent ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court, all images will merge into one count, which is a fourth degree felony.
District Attorney Andrea Reeb stated, “This case is a prime example of why the current child pornography law must change. Mr. Hawkins now faces 18 months in prison for possessing 167 images of child pornography. Even if he receives the maximum sentence of 18 months, with good time, he will only serve 9 months in jail. Meanwhile, the child victims will be re-victimized every time their image is viewed or downloaded for the rest of their lives.”
The Honorable Donna Mowrer presided over the two- day trial, and ordered that sentencing be held at a later date.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Jake Boazman and Assistant District Attorney Laura Talbert. Chris Christensen, of the Public Defender’s Office represented the defendant.
For further information concerning this case, please contact the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246