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Clovis man pleads guilty to distributing, receiving child pornography

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A Clovis man pled guilty in federal court in Albuquerque Tuesday to an indictment charging him with receiving and distributing child pornography.

Spencer C. Lovato, 26, pled guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography, a press release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico says.

Lovato faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

Lovato will remain detained pending his sentencing hearing, the release says. A sentencing hearing has yet to be scheduled.

The release says in entering the plea Lovato pled guilty to all three counts of an indictment including a Dec. 27, 2016 incident in which he sent a message on his phone that included a digital video of a minor involved in sexually explicit conduct. He also admitted that he sent a message and received a message Jan. 5, 2017 that included digital videos of minors involved in sexually explicit conduct.

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He was subsequently charged in the three-count indictment May 9, 2017, the release says.

The FBI arrested Lovato in April 2017 on a criminal complaint charging him with child pornography offenses in Curry and San Miguel counties. The investigation of Lovato by the Clovis Police Department and the Santa Fe office of the FBI began in December 2016 when the FBI received a report about video and image files containing child pornography being shared by individuals on an online messaging platform.

The FBI during the investigation obtained two IP addresses, email accounts and telephone account records identifying Lovato as the subscriber of the accounts used to distribute and receive child pornography.

Lovato was then charged in a three-count indictment May 9, 2017 with distributing child pornography

Clovis Police and the Santa Fe office of the FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Mysliwiec is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice launched in May 2006 to combat the epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

The case was also part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Task Force is funded through a grant administered by the New Mexico Attorney General’s office and has 86 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies associated with it.

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