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Man charged with possession of child porn

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A Roswell man faces three criminal counts after images of child pornography were allegedly found among items he left behind at a place where he had previously lived.

William Herndon (Submitted Photo)

William Herndon, 69, was charged Saturday with one count each of manufacturing a visual medium of sexual exploitation of children; possession of a visual medium of sexual exploitation, children 13 to 18; and possession of visual sexual exploitation, children under 13, according to documents filed Monday in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Police were called to a 1400 block of South Pennsylvania Avenue residence Saturday after a box of images of children engaged in sexual acts was allegedly discovered among items that Herndon, a former tenant, had left behind on the property.

After a search warrant was obtained for the property, police ended up seizing five computer towers, two printers and some printed images Herndon allegedly left behind when he had moved.

Officers later contacted Herndon at his 2700 block of Wilshire Boulevard apartment, where, according to court documents, he admitted to having viewed and printed pornographic images of children under the age of 18 performing sexual acts.

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Court documents state Herndon said he had not done so in “a few years” after having turned off his internet. He added that he did not bring any child pornography with him when he moved to his current address because he “does not want to do it anymore,” according to the documents.

With Herndon’s permission, police searched his current apartment but did not find any additional child pornography.

Herndon was subsequently arrested and booked Saturday at the Chaves County Detention Center, according to a booking report released Monday.

Judge E.J. Fouratt released Herndon on his own recognizance pending trial following a first appearance in Magistrate Court.

As part of his conditions of release, the court documents state Herndon must avoid all contact with the victim or anyone who might testify against him, not leave Chaves County or the state of New Mexico without prior permission from the court, maintain contact with his attorney and inform the court about any change of address.

Herndon is also required to abstain from possessing any firearm or dangerous weapon; possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages or entering liquor establishments; or buying, selling, consuming or possessing illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301 or breakingnews@rdrnews.com.