New Mexico Sex Offender Sentenced To 200 Years For Producing Child Pornography

Las Cruces, N.M.–A New Mexico man was sentenced to 200 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations reports.

The sentence for Jim Walter Qualls Jr, 30, from Roswell, New Mexico, was enhanced based on his prior state court conviction for enticing a minor.

Qualls was arrested on child pornography charges July 31, 2014, based on a criminal complaint charging him with possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography, and enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce child pornography.

According to the criminal complaint, Qualls committed these crimes between October 2013 and February 2014 in Chaves County, New Mexico.

“Today’s sentence ensures that this predator will never have access to the most innocent among us – our children,” said Waldemar Rodriguez, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations El Paso. “This lengthy sentence is appropriate for a person who has proven his propensity to target children, and will ensure that this child predator never again harms another child, or sees the outside of a jail cell.”

Court records reflect that Homeland Security Investigations special agents from Las Cruces executed a search warrant at Qualls’ residence. An investigation identified this residence as the location of the internet protocol address that was used to upload child pornography to the internet.  During the search, HSI agents confiscated Qualls’ cellphone, which contained visual depictions of minors engaged in sexual activity.

Qualls was indicted Oct. 16, 2014, and was charged with four counts of enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. On May 7, 2015, Qualls pleaded guilty to the indictment without the benefit of a plea agreement.

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