Border Patrol Agent Charged with Producing, Distributing Child Pornography

By Steve Neavling

A Border Patrol agent from Arizona was indicted by a grand jury last week on 10 counts related to creating and possessing child pornography, the Justice Department announced Friday

Nereo Mejia Gomez Jr., 41, of Yuma, was also charged with possessing an unregistered, short-barreled rifle. 

Between November 2022 and March 2023, Gomez is accused of producing child pornography four times that involved a girl who was 15 and 16 years old at the time.

Gomez is also accused of distributing child pornography five times in February and March 2024. 

Gomez faces up to 30 years in prison on the production of child pornography charge. The other counts carry maximum penalties of between 10 and 20 years in prison. 

Homeland Security Investigations led the investigation. 

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