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Accused child pornographer Jesse Arteaga is apparently a free man, thanks to a legal technicality that allowed him to walk out of the Los Alamos Detention Center July 6.
According to officials at the Los Alamos Police Department, the orders came from the New Mexico Attorney General’s office and they released Arteaga.
Arteaga was arrested June 13, 2011 on 55 counts of possession of videos and photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of children and one count of manufacturing.
Shortly after his arrest, he pleaded incompetence due to mental illness and was sent to the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute to be evaluated.
“That put the case against him in a holding pattern, because under the rules of competency, we can’t proceed on the case until that issue was resolved,” said Phil Cisneros, director of communications for the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office.
After spending several months at NMBHI, he was then returned the detention center in Los Alamos.
“At that point we had to file a motion to dismiss the matter as a formality, mainly because we could not indict him within the mandatory 10-day period,” Cisneros said.
“Where that leaves it now is that the cases is still pending.”
When asked whether the original charges will be refiled against Arteaga at a later date, Cisneros couldn’t say.
“All I can say is that the case is still pending,” he said.
According to Cisneros and the LAPD, Arteaga is not being monitored.
In 2011, the police were originally alerted to Arteaga when a call was placed to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stating that Arteaga had allegedly sexually assaulted a seven-year-old girl.
Court records state that Arteaga allegedly showed the caller a video on May 9, 2011 displaying child pornography, which he was trying to post on YouTube. The reporting party explained that the video showed the daughter of Arteaga’s girlfriend undressed and subjected to inappropriate activity. The caller recognized Arteaga’s bedroom in the video, according to court documents.
The caller told authorities that Arteaga also showed another file on his laptop that contained photographs of several naked female children about five to eight years of age also being subjected to inappropriate behavior by an adult. The caller added in the report that the make of Arteaga’s laptop was unknown because he had removed the cover and painted it dark blue.