Suspect in child porn, rape case faces judge

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – He’s charged with having child pornography and suspected in a rape case of a family member.

On Monday, Ruben Nieto faced a judge and learned he’ll have to pay a lot more if he wants to get out of jail.

The charges surrounding Nieto have a history all their own.

In court Monday – with his attorney by his side – he entered a plea.

“He wishes to enter pleas of not guilty and assert his right to a speedy trial,” Nieto’s defense attorney said.

Nieto is facing 21 counts of sexual exploitation of a child under 18 years of age or possessing child porn.

He was arrested last month by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department as part of Operation Broken Heart, an effort to take down child predators.

But before that, agents with the Internet Crimes Against Children task force turned over files to the Albuquerque Police Department in February of last year.

Two months later, a family member of Nieto accused him of rape.

KRQE News 13’s On Special Assignment team reported APD failed to investigate the suspected child porn case.

And when it comes to the rape allegation, APD never formally interviewed Nieto and they didn’t take a DNA sample from him.

APD since turned over that rape case to the district attorney’s office.

Nieto’s bond was originally set at $20,000 for the child porn charges, but Judge Brett Loveless raised it to $50,000 cash or surety.

We called the district attorney’s office to see where that rape case stands, they could only say it’s under review.

After refusing requests for comment for nearly a week, an APD spokeswoman says the department made a “good faith effort to investigate the serious allegations.”

She says detectives requested additional downloads from the Attorney General’s office, but didn’t get a response.

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