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Border Patrol agent accused of producing child pornography

The Border Patrol agent from Yuma is accused of producing explicit materials depicting a teenage girl.

YUMA, Ariz. — A Border Patrol agent from Yuma has been indicted for allegedly producing and possessing child pornography. 

Nereo Mejia Gomez, Jr., 41, is facing criminal charges after he allegedly produced, possessed and distributed explicit materials depicting minors. 

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona, Gomez produced pieces of pornography depicting a teenage girl starting in November 2022. The indictment against Gomez was filed in court this week.

Gomez is also accused of possessing an unregistered firearm.

If convicted, Gomez could face decades in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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