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Border Patrol Agent Indicted for Producing and Distributing Child Sexual Abuse Material Following HSI Yuma Investigation

Release Date: May 13, 2024

YUMA, Ariz. — A Yuma man was indicted by grand jury on May 7 for a series of child sexual abuse material-related offenses, including production and multiple counts of distributing and possessing child sexual abuse material. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is investigating this case.

Nereo Mejia Gomez Jr., 41, was also indicted for possession of an unregistered firearm; specifically, a short-barreled rifle. A federal magistrate judge ordered that Gomez be released pending trial. Gomez is an agent with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol.

The indictment alleges that between November 2022 and March 2023, Gomez produced child sexual abuse material four times involving a girl who was 15 and turned 16. The indictment also alleges that Gomez distributed child sexual abuse material five times in February and March 2024 using a facility of interstate commerce, and that he possessed child sexual abuse material and an unregistered firearm in April 2024.

The offense of production of child pornography carries a potential sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison, while each count of distributing and possessing child pornography carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Possession of an unregistered firearm carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. All child exploitation counts also carry potential fines of up to $250,000 and a lifetime term of supervised release.

An indictment is simply a method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona is handling the prosecution. The Yuma Sector of the Border Patrol has been cooperative in the investigation.

Last Updated: 05/13/2024
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