Bloomfield man charged in child porn sting

Steve Garrison
stgarrison@daily-times.com
Jason Justice

AZTEC — A 32-year-old Bloomfield man made an initial court appearance Wednesday on allegations he possessed and distributed child pornography.

Jason Ray Justice was charged Monday in Aztec Magistrate Court with three counts of child pornography distribution and one count of child pornography possession.

Justice's cash-only bond was set at $35,000, according to court records. He had not retained legal representation, records state.

A detective with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office began investigating Justice in April after receiving a tip from the New Mexico Attorney General's Office, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The detective learned a computer at Justice's home on Dulce Drive in Bloomfield was distributing a file with a suspicious title, the affidavit states.

The detective downloaded the file, which appeared to depict a young girl engaging in sexual acts with an adult man. Several other videos distributed by the same computer depicted young girls engaging in sexual activity, according to the affidavit.

Police executed a search warrant at the residence on May 23 and seized the suspect computer, the affidavit states.

Justice was detained and admitted he used the computer, but said other people who stayed at the residence also had access to it, the affidavit states.

Justice allowed detectives to search his phone, according to the affidavit, and the detectives located on it a dozen files that appeared to be child pornography.

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