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Male suspect accused of two child pornography charges

Story highlights

  • Richard Patrick, 33, is accused of two felony counts of sexual exploitation of children.
  • The report alleged a computer at a residence east of Bloomfield has been used to upload and store child pornography.
  • Patrick was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center following a court order.
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Investigation into case started in June

FARMINGTON — A San Juan County man faces two child pornography charges after law enforcement officials received information that illicit images allegedly had been uploaded from his computer.

Richard Patrick, 33, is accused of two felony counts of sexual exploitation of children, according to court records.

He is accused of distributing and possession of child pornography, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Patrick did not have legal representation in the case today.

The investigation started on June 26 when a San Juan County Sheriff's Office detective requested a deputy review a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to pursue a search warrant.

The report alleged a person later identified as Patrick had used a computer at a residence on County Road 4800 east of Bloomfield to upload child pornography, according to court documents. The report also contained an IP address for the computer that allegedly was used. 

A subpoena was issued on June 1 to obtain information from Comcast on the account tied to the IP address. The Internet service provider provided information on Patrick, including his address, on June 4.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence on Sept. 12.

Deputies executed an arrest warrant on Sept. 18 for Patrick at the residence in a separate case, in which he was accused of aggravated assault.

He was taken into custody and agreed to speak to a deputy.

Patrick told a deputy where his computer, tablet and cellular phone were located in the residence, according to the affidavit.

Once informed about the alleged child pornography case, Patrick declined to speak to deputies and requested a lawyer.

During the search of the residence, the electronic items were seized.

The affidavit states the detective conducting the forensic examination of the evidence found several images of alleged child pornography on the computer.

Patrick was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center following a court order.

His preliminary hearing is set for Thursday morning in Aztec Magistrate Court.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at jkellogg@daily-times.com.

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