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Ex-CYFD official sentenced on child porn charge

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By Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The former deputy director of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department has been sentenced to three years and 10 months in prison after he entered a plea agreement charging him with possession of child pornography.

Prosecutors say 52-year-old Mark D. Edwards of Santa Fe was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera.

An investigation began in October 2009 when authorities found more than 300 child porn images and videos on Edwards' computer.

Edwards had served as deputy director of administration for the state agency, which oversees youth and family welfare.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales says the case serves as a reminder that child predators can lurk in the most unlikley places — including government offices in charge of protecting children.


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