For Immediate Release:
November 15, 2022
Contact: Jerri Mares – (505) 321-4372
ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that Bernalillo County Judge Joseph Montaño sentenced Pablo Griego to 34 years in prison followed by 5-20 years of indeterminate supervised sex offender probation. A Bernalillo County jury found Griego guilty of 30 counts related to his involvement with child sexual abuse material (CSAM). Griego had a prior criminal sexual penetration of a minor allegation from 2006.
“There is no higher priority than protecting our children from exploitation and sexualization, and I am thankful that Judge Montaño sent a strong message that there is no place in society for individuals who inflict untold harm and abuse on children,” said Attorney General Balderas.
Law enforcement found that Griego was manufacturing CSAM between three different devices and possessed over a thousand images depicting the sexual abuse of children. CSAM was located in a folder describing the contents of that material as “Awesome.” Detectives also located a journal under the mattress that documented the images and ages of children found in the files, as well as Griego’s expressed desire to have a romantic relationship with the depicted young girls.
The case was investigated by Special Agents of the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General and Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Ashley Schweizer and Jonathan Gardner.