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U.S. Border Patrol agent indicted on federal child pornography charges

A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the agency's Yuma Sector has been indicted on child pornography charges. 

A grand jury indicted Nereo Mejia Gomez earlier this week on charges of producing and distributing child pornography. A federal judge ordered him released. 

Gomez allegedly produced pornography four times involving a girl who was 15 and 16 at the time. Prosecutors say those occurred in late 2022 and early 2023. And that he then distributed pornography earlier this year.

He is also charged with possessing an unregistered short-barreled rifle.

According to prosecutors, he is still employed by the Border Patrol. 

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.