Rio Rancho pair lured boys to sex ring

By Maggie Shepard/Albuquerque Tribune
January 2, 2006

Two men are being held in lieu of $8 million bond in a widening case of
sexual exploitation of children in Rio Rancho.

Court documents released Friday show that Matthew J. Baca, 35, of
Albuquerque was arrested Dec. 22 by Rio Rancho police after an interview
about another man’s arrest last month.

In the previous case, Peter A. “Tony” Duran, 43, of Rio Rancho was
arrested Nov. 9 on charges related to child pornography and
methamphetamine possession.

More than 700 sexually explicit images of boys were found at Duran’s home
in the 1300 block of Sunset Road Southeast, including some images of sex
acts involving Duran, said John Francis, spokesman for the Rio Rancho
Department of Public Safety.

During a subsequent investigation, close-up photos of the boys’ faces
were shown to school officials in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

“Four individuals were recognized by (APD) school resource officers,”
Francis said.

The boys told Rio Rancho police and FBI agents that a man they referred
to as Dad had taken them to Duran’s home several times since 2001 to have
sex with Duran.

Court documents identified Baca as the man who brought the boys to Duran.

“Baca befriended these families,” Francis said. He would not say how the
boys met Baca and how Baca met Duran.

Each time Baca delivered a boy to Duran, he would receive $80, according
to a Sandoval County arrest warrant.

Duran had recordings of the boys engaged in sex acts with each other and
with him, according to the warrant. The boys were ages 10, 11, and 12
when they were abused, Francis said.

Duran now faces 36 more charges, including 12 each of sexual exploitation
of children by prostitution, criminal sexual penetration (or molestation)
and conspiracy to criminal sexual penetration.

He is being held in the Sandoval County Jail in lieu of an $8 million
cash-only bond, Francis said.
Baca received the same bond amount when he was booked on the same charges.

“This is horrendous,” Francis said, “one of the worst cases of child
exploitation to this magnitude.”
Other children in the images, captured on DVD, have not been identified,
he said.

Because Duran has a criminal record in Colorado, Francis said his
department might show the images to officers there.

“We are hoping more victims come forward,” he said.

Anyone with information about these men or possible victims can call the
Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety at 891-5967.

©2006, Santa Fe New Mexican

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