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Farmington, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas and Eleventh Judicial District Attorney Rick Tedrow announced that Lindsey Moss and Dallas Baron were both convicted of multiple counts of child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and battery, following two separate jury trials. Prosecutors presented evidence that Moss and Baron partnered together to record themselves abusing an eight-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. While babysitting the young boy, Moss and Baron were seen making videos of themselves throwing things at the child, teaching him to smoke from a bong, and pushing him down. The females can be heard laughing about their actions in the videos.

Santa Fe, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Gary Gregor, former teacher in the Española School District, was sentenced to six years of incarceration for his sexual assault of a second grade student at Fairview Elementary School during the 2006-07 school year. A jury found him guilty of 3rd-Degree Felony Criminal Sexual Contact of a Minor under 13 years old.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Mario Morales was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections, the maximum amount of time allowed under a plea in which Morales plead to trafficking of a woman in Albuquerque. The sentence was imposed by the Honorable Alisa Hart in the Second Judicial District.

Albuquerque, NM---Attorney General Balderas today joined a coalition of 24 attorneys general fighting to ensure that the states can continue to benefit from powerful tools under Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act that help them protect consumers from fraud and abusive consumers practices. In an amicus brief filed in Seila Law, LLC v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the coalition argues that the U.S. Supreme Court should preserve the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other significant consumer protections provided by Title X.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Joshua Saavedra, a longtime foster parent from Albuquerque who agreed to trade drugs and money for sex with who he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, was sentenced to eight years in prison by Second Judicial District Court Judge Brett Loveless following a guilty plea to the crime of sexual exploitation of children by prostitution. In March 2019, agents with the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes against Children/Human Trafficking Unit spearheaded this undercover sting operation by posing as a mother selling sexual access to her 13-year-old daughter online.

Santa Fe, NM– Attorney General Baldears joined a coalition of states in supporting Congressional efforts to reject a final rule by the U.S. Department of Education that fails to protect students and taxpayers from the misconduct of unscrupulous schools. In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general supported efforts to reject the U.S. Department of Education’s 2019 Borrower Defense Rule pursuant to a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act.

Albuquerque, NM----Attorney General Balderas announced today that the Office of the Attorney General will host school safety trainings in the Española Public Schools on Monday, January 6, 2020. The all day trainings come as part of Attorney General Balderas’ commitment to provide safety training to the schools in the wake of recent controversial events giving rise to student safety concerns. Teachers and administrative staff members will receive presentations from experts on issues of treatment of disabled students in school settings, using technology to safely report school safety concerns, and effective measures for combating cyberbullying.

Santa Fe, NM----Attorney General Balderas today filed a lawsuit in the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico against four corporations that manufactured, advertised, and sold talcum powder products, including baby powder, which contained hazardous and carcinogenic asbestos to New Mexicans. The defendants named in the lawsuit are Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc., Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Corporation; and Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM---Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter to faith leaders in all religious communities in New Mexico, urging them to come together with the Office of the Attorney General to discuss hate motivated violence against religious communities. The call to action comes in the wake of multiple violent incidents across the United States that targeted people based on their faith and in their places of worship.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that James Stewart was sentenced to twenty years in the Department of Corrections after he was convicted of three counts of human trafficking. Jurors found that between 2015 and 2018, Stewart, Sr. used his three minor children to panhandle around Albuquerque so he could use that money to buy drugs. All three children courageously testified against their father at trial.

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Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert in response to a new scam hitting New Mexico that threatens a ‘criminal lawsuit’ by the IRS if the caller’s message is not returned. The digitized voice in the recording claims to be Officer Edward Jonathon calling from the legal department of the Internal Revenue Service and leaves a call back number along with his threats.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a scam alert regarding phone recordings threatening New Mexicans with federal enforcement action by the U. S. Treasury and appearances before a grand jury or federal magistrate judge. The scam recording tells New Mexicans they must call various phone numbers with out of state area codes. Scams like this one are flooding New Mexico and since May 2, 2016, nearly 700 reports have been made...