AG Balderas Announces Los Alamos Man Sentenced to 9 Years for Sexual Exploitation of Children


Contact: James Hallinan (505) 660-2216

Los Alamos, NM – Today, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that David Rael was sentenced to nine years in prison for three counts of Sexual Exploitation of Children
(Manufacture), one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Distribution), and one count of Sexual Exploitation of Children (Possession). Rael was found guilty at trial on June 14, 2017
before the Honorable Mary Marlowe Sommer in First Judicial District Court. Rael committed his crimes in 2013 in Los Alamos County.

“My office’s number one priority is protecting New Mexico children from sexual predators and violence,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “I hope parents in Los Alamos County sleep better tonight knowing Mr. Rael will be off the streets. I want to thank the Los Alamos Police Department for their critical work on this important case.”

Office of the Attorney of General special agents assisted with the search warrant for the investigation and the case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Celia Munoz.

Please see attached for a photo of Rael.

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