The Chaves County Internet Crimes Against Children task force made its second arrest on Dec. 14.C esar Mendoza, 35, was charged with 21 counts of sexual exploitation of children.
The criminal complaint against Mendoza details the technicalities of tracing a computer through a website and an IP address. The affidavit describes examples of explicit video clips that feature prepubescent females and males. During his initial interview Mendoza stated the video clips pop â€œup once and a while, but I close it.â€
He admitted he had seen one with an adult male and two girls. Later during the initial interview, Mendoza said he downloaded child pornography and opened them. â€œUm, I have looked at them,â€ he said in the interview. Each count of sexual exploitation of children is a fourth-degree felony. Lt. Britt Snyder said each of the counts carry an 18- month sentence and a fine.
Chaves County Sheriff James â€œRobâ€ Coon explained if Mendoza is convicted of all counts he will serve more than 30 years in prison. Mendoza appeared Tuesday in Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing.
He is being held in the Chaves County Detention Center with a $100,000 cash surety bond. Defense attorney Scott Douglas Jones-Witt asked for a reduction of bond. â€œI have some heartburn over that,â€ said Judge John J. Halvorson. He then lowered the bond to a $5,000 cash-only bond, which halved the original bond amount of $10,000 required to pay for cash surety.
He also made the stipulation that should Mendoza make bail, he not have access to a computer or have contact with children under the age of 18. Mendoza is the second arrest made by the task force. The first, Robert Buie, was made in October. The task force has a further eight cases ongoing and five or six cases pending. Mendoza will remain in CCDC until he can arrange bond.