NM Democratic political consultant busted on child pornography charges

By Rob Nikolewski on June 3, 2013
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FACING 5-20 YEARS: Democratic Party consultant Jason Loera, shown here in a photo from Flickr, has been arrested on federal child pornography charges.

FACING 5-20 YEARS: Democratic Party consultant Jason Loera, shown here in a photo from Flickr, has been arrested on federal child pornography charges.

The FBI announced late Monday (June 3) that a former New Mexico Democratic political consultant was arrested last Friday in Los Angeles on child pornography charges.

Jason Loera, 44, appeared in in federal court in Los Angeles Monday afternoon earlier this afternoon, facing a three-count indictment of receiving visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

According to Associated Press, “state  campaign finance records (indicate) Loera was paid as a consultant in 2012 by Grassroots  New Mexico, a political action committee with ties to Albuquerque lawyer Sam  Bregman, who became state Democratic Party chairman this year. Bregman  didn’t immediately return a telephone message and email seeking comment.”

Loera also was a campaign field director for U.S. Rep Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) in 2010 and in December of 2012 was listed in a flyer for a liberal website as a “representative from the New Mexico Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO,” collecting petition pages for a move that successfully amended the Albuquerque city charter, so that candidates for mayor and city councilor would face a runoff election if no candidate initially receives 50 percent of the vote.

The Santa Fe Reporter quoted Andrew Stoddard of Rep. Luján’s office as saying, “We are shocked to hear about the indictment. These are very serious charges and they deserve to be fully addressed through the legal system.”

After his appearance in court Monday, Loera was released on a $20,000 bond and under electronic monitoring, and ordered to report to the federal court in Albuquerque to face the charges in the indictment.

According to the indictment, Loera allegedly committed these offenses in Sept. 2009 and Feb. 2010 in Bernalillo County, where he used to live.

If convicted of the offenses alleged in the indictment, Loera faces a maximum sentence of not less than five years or more than 20 years in prison.  Loera also would be required to register as a sex offender.

Contact Rob Nikolewski at rob@nmwatchdog.org and follow him on Twitter @robnikolewski

 

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2 Comments For This Post So Far

  1. L.E. Liesner
    10:33 am on June 4th, 2013

    Jason Lorra had to go to California to get caught, well here or there all we can hope for is if convicted he will go to prison for a long time. Child sex perversion is absolutely appalling and seems to be on the increase as the moral structure of the family and country seems to decrease. Self gratification and greed was not what this country was founded on.

  2. N. Bridges
    12:08 pm on June 24th, 2013

    If there is any TRUE justice in our legal system, I pray that the TRUTH PREVAIL. MR.LOERA IS NOT A CHILD PORNOGROPHER AND NEVER WILL BE. HE IS IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS DAILY .MY FAMILY AND I SUPPORT HIM COMPLETELY. You are right in saying Self gratification and greed was not what our country was founded on. KEY WORDS being “was not” what our country was founded on. Look back and take a closer look, to see that it has been at the very core of all political scandals. Unless you know all the facts ,and not just what the media lets u see. DONT JUDGE LEAVE THAT JOB UP TO GOD.

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