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Local man faces 56 child sex charges

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By Carol A. Clark

A call alerting the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a seven-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted has led to the arrest of a Los Alamos man.

The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, in conjunction with New Mexico State Police, filed 56 counts against Jesse Arteaga June 13. The charges include 55 counts of possession of videos and photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of children and one count of manufacturing.

The reporting party asked to remain anonymous and told the NCMEC on May 9 that Arteaga, 38, had recently photographed his assault of the child and intended to post the photographs on YouTube, according to the criminal complaint filed in Los Alamos Magistrate Court.

The caller stated in court documents that the child was the daughter of Arteaga’s “on-again off-again girlfriend,” adding that there were “hundreds of photos and videos on his ‘blue computer.’” The caller also stated that Arteaga lives at 600 San Ildefonso Road, in the Mountain Vista Apartments.

Court records state that Arteaga allegedly showed the caller a video on May 9 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.

Magistrate Judge Pat Casados granted investigators a search warrant on June 8 for Arteaga’s apartment and his 1984 Mazda truck.

Los Alamos Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun said during an interview Tuesday that his department provided uniformed officers to accompany the state investigators into Arteaga’s apartment and remained as backup until their search was complete.

During the search, a state police investigator discovered a digital file on a thumb drive, attached to Arteaga’s apartment key, portraying a child under the age of 18 engaged in sexual conduct among other images, according to the court record. Based on these findings, the judge granted an arrest warrant on June 10.

A former neighbor told the Los Alamos Monitor that his family moved away last July because Arteaga was harassing them.

“He was approaching my children and other neighbor’s children saying that we were molesting children,” the former neighbor said. “He began writing letters and sending harassing texts. He tells different people different stories that he’s on disability because of a bad back or that he’s on disability because of mental illness.

“I didn’t feel it was right, even if he is mentally ill, that I had to move and uproot my family.”

The former neighbor explained his desire to remain anonymous is driven by a fear of retaliation by Arteaga who had been diagnosed with having “a schizophrenic mental illness.”

According to a New Mexico State Police report initiated by Arteaga on Oct. 16, 2008, he told investigators that he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Casados ordered the case be sent to District Court for a competency hearing.

Arteaga remains in the Los Alamos County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash only bond. 

The truth be told!

Yes he was framed by Angela Donny and Terry Chaltraw! look up there names at the Santa fe district court web site he had problems with them before. Angela & Terry had to move from the area because they where being accused of molesting children in the neighborhood and causing problems with apt. management and other neighbors. Jesse had witnessed Angela Donny pulling Terry's pants down in front of her daughter Ashley Donny whom was 10 years old at the time. Jesse reported the incidence; after that Angela and Terry would spreed rumors of Jesse molesting the neighbors children and would make false reports to CYFD and the police and ultimately Terry or Angela would call NCMEC and make a false report. Angela would call CYFD on other neighbors also reporting false accusations of child molestation/ abuse. As far as girlfriends go the only girlfriend that he had was Angela Donny until he reported what she had done to Terry Chaltraw. The thumb drive mentioned was given to him from Angela Donny she claimed belonged to Terry Chaltraw and had a virus in it for Jesse to repair. Jesse never plugged it in for fear it would infect his only off line computer which is not a blue laptop nor did he ever own one. Jesse did not have an Internet provider because of his disability budget. Angela Donny and Terry Chaltraw would hijack her neighbors open WiFi. Jesse's computer did not have a WiFi card.

whats this world coming to

What a story and a rotten thing for Angela and Terry to do. He spent a year in jail for something he didn't do. Apparently they arrested the wrong person. Angela Donny and Terry Chaltraw should be in jail for downloading that material and framing this poor guy. I used to see Jesse on the bus and in town he seemed like a nice person to me. He would always be talking to the bus driver and other adult passengers he was friendly.

Framed!

This man was obviously framed by some disgruntled woman or man or his ex girlfriend. You cant post that kind of material on any website especially youtube and the caller was obviously in his house at one point to recognize his bedroom; the caller was probably the one who placed the child porn in his possession without him knowing. America should protect innocent people accused of such things!

Framed!

This man was obviously framed by some disgruntled woman or man or his ex girlfriend. You cant post that kind of material on any website especially youtube and the caller was obviously in his house at one point to recognize his bedroom; the caller was probably the one who placed the child porn in his possession without him knowing. America should protect innocent people accused of such things!