MIL-OSI Security: Tucumcari Man Sentenced for Federal Child Exploitation Offense

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Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) State Crime News

ALBUQUERQUE – A Tucumcari man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for attempting to engage in sexual conduct with two fictitious minor children after an undercover FBI operation.

There is no parole in the federal system.

According to court documents, the investigation into Joseph Gadman, 42, began in mid-December 2022, when an undercover agent from the FBI engaged him on a social networking website known to be a hub for child sexual abuse material. Using the screen name “Gadmanj40,” Gadman contacted the undercover agent and expressed interest in engaging in sexual acts with the undercover agent’s fictitious children.

The conversation transitioned from the website to text messages, with Gadman providing his phone number to the undercover agent. In the text messages, Gadman detailed his desire to engage in sex acts with children ages 5 and 8 years old.

On January 13, 2023, Gadman traveled from Tucumcari to a pre-arranged meeting location in Albuquerque with condoms, cash, and snacks for the fictitious children. When he arrived, FBI agents swiftly arrested him. During a subsequent interview, Gadman admitted to being “Gadmanj40” but denied having intentions to follow through on the discussed acts.

After completing his term of imprisonment, Gadman will be required to serve 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

U.S. Attorney Alexander M.M. Uballez and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Albuquerque Field Office, made the announcement today.

The FBI Albuquerque Field Office investigated this case with the assistance of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. The ICAC Task Force Program is a nation-wide network of task forces including over 90 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in New Mexico dedicated to investigating, prosecuting and developing effective responses to Internet crimes against children.

Assistant United States Attorney Jaymie L. Roybal is prosecuting the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit Justice.gov/PSC.

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