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FARMINGTON – Two men were charged Tuesday in Aztec Magistrate Court with child pornography possession.

Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office received a tip on April 7 that Shelby Davis was downloading child pornography, according to a press release from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office.

Davis, 31, was already on probation for his conviction in December 2012 on two counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child age 13 to 16, the release states.

Deputies met with Davis and, during an interview, he admitted to using his cell phone to download and view child pornography, according to the release. A search of Davis' email account revealed he had received hundreds of emails that contained images and videos of child pornography, the release states.

Davis has been charged with a single count of child pornography possession. No court date has yet been set, and he does not have legal representation, according to court records.

On Feb. 12, deputies discovered that child pornography was being downloaded and distributed at a residence in the 3500 block of Sierra Vista Drive, according to the release.

Deputies executed a search warrant at the residence and seized electronic equipment belonging to Chad Priddy, the release states.

Priddy, 37, admitted in an interview with deputies to possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, according to the release. He also admitted he knew the images were being shared with others online, the release states.

Priddy has been charged with one count of child pornography possession and three counts of child pornography distribution.

He was being held at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond, the release states.

He has not yet retained legal representation, according to court records.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644. 

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