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PORTALES MAN PLEADED NOT GUILTY ON A FEDERAL CHARGE

ALBUQUERQUE (KMSX)- Augustin Gallegos, of Portales, man pleaded not guilty on a federal charge of production of child pornography.

Gallegos, 34, was indicted last month in a U.S. District Court on the charge of production of child pornography during a period from March 31, 2018 to May 16, 2019. The FBI arrested Gallegos Aug. 7 while he was already in custody on related state charges.

Gallegos was indicted May 24 in the 9th Judicial District for first-degree felony kidnapping (intent to commit sexual offense), abuse of a child, tampering with evidence, and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Those charges were dismissed this month “in favor of federal prosecution,” according to a news release from the New Mexico district of the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

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