Child pornographer sent to prison for violation

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District Court Judge William Sanchez ordered convicted child pornographer Joel Large to serve out the remainder of his sentence in prison after he made contact with victims in the case.

Sanchez determined Large violated his probation by contacting victims by sending them text messages several years after he was initially charged with sexual exploitation of children.

Now, Large must serve 14 years with the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

The original sentence was 18 years, and he received credit for time served on pre-sentence confinement and while he was on probation.

According to sent text messages found on Large's phone by probation officers, he told his victims that "the hope of talking to you again is the only reason I haven't killed myself," and "I wish you would please talk to me. I was raped in prison. You are (one of the) best friend(s) I ever had."

Probation officials believed Large was trying to "manipulate and victimize" those involved in the case.

Charges against Large involve downloading pornographic images of children on his computer, and providing alcohol and cigarettes to underage boys.

Last August, Sanchez denied a motion that would have allowed Large to be released from custody. Sanchez warned Large during that hearing that he would be remanded into custody and would be required to serve out his sentence if Large attempted to contact any of the victims.

A month earlier, Large told probation officers he contacted one of the victims to ask for forgiveness, and "thought it was OK" since the boy had turned 18 years old.

The prison sentence against Large had been suspended and he was placed on five years probation before the text messages were discovered.

According to a pre-sentence report in 2010, the mother of one of the victims contacted the Los Lunas Police Department and stated that her son had been allowed to go to Large's house. She had put a stop to the visits when she discovered that Large was a user of methamphetamines and that he had many photos of boys in "compromising positions" in his residence.

The mother told officers that Large had told her son that he was in love with him. Her son had also received text messages from Large, saying that he missed him and wanted to get together with him.

Police obtained a search warrant for Large's residence and found hundreds of pornographic pictures of children. Officers also found a plastic baggie containing methamphetamines.

Large told officers that he had provided alcohol and cigarettes to the boy and two friends.


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