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Cops bust Knight on 104 counts of kiddie porn

March 28, 2013 • Local News


Donald G. Knight

The Chaves County Sheriff’s Offices Internet Crimes Against Children Division arrested Donald G. Knight, 60, on 104 counts of sexual exploitation of children. The warrant was issued for his arrest on March 20.

Sexual exploitation of a child is defined as images of sexually explicit behavior with a child, otherwise known as hard-core pornography. According to New Mexico statutes, the focus is on the harm to children that results from trespasses against their persons.

Of the 104 counts, four qualified as third-degree felonies, 62 were fourth-degree felonies and 38 were second-degree felonies.

A third-degree felony includes distribution of images which depict any child under the age of 18. A second-degree felony prohibits an individual from intentionally causing or permitting a child under 18 years of age to engage in any sexual act that may be used for the visual medium. A fourth-degree felony consists of explicit images of a child under the age of 13.

According to the criminal complaint, the ICAC taskforce removed a HP computer, a Western Digital External Drive and 12 CDs that contained porn from Knight’s residence. The videos lasted from a few seconds to more than an hour.

The victims ranged in age from 4 years old to 15. Some were shown with hands tied or handcuffed. The images came from a number of different countries, including Russia, Brazil, Japan, Thailand and India.

The court document reveals that at least 16 of the videos were of victims who have been previously identified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Some of the videos were duplicates.

The court record de-scribed the SO’s interview with Knight, who told the detectives that he had seen pornography involving children as popups on his computer. He denied “downloading any of the child pornography on purpose to get gratification.” He also denied “producing any child porn.” He said he deleted any child porn that was downloaded to his computer, although he admitted “there may be files that had not been deleted yet.”

Knight was transported to the Chaves County Detention Center, with $100,000 surety bond. He bonded out the same day.

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