Posted at: 01/11/2013 9:33 PM
Updated at: 01/11/2013 10:08 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
The president of the New Mexico Young America Football League and his wife, who works as a teacher's assistant at Montezuma Elementary School, have both been arrested on suspicion of making and distributing child porn.
Frederick Gonzales and his wife Carey Gonzales were arrested Friday. Bernalillo County Sheriff's deputies say the 4-month investigation was sparked from a tip back in September.
Friday, deputies searched the couple's home. They say they found child porn on their home computers. The two were then asked to come in for questioning, where deputies say they admitted to viewing the images found on their computer.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to a man who has coached YAFL for six years now. Patrick Silva says he got into coaching to protect his kids from abuse.
"We're coaches, we're parents. The most important thing is the safety of the kids," Silva said. "We want them to be around people who are going to influence them in a good way."
Deputies have not identified any of the victims in the images found, so they have not confirmed if any of the kids the couple works with or if the couple's own children with were victims in this case. Their own two kids are now in State custody.
Albuquerque Public Schools released this statement Friday after hearing about Carey Gonzales' arrest: "Albuquerque Public Schools learned late Friday afternoon of the arrest of an educational assistant at Montezuma Elementary School. The employee has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of a police investigation that involves charges of manufacturing and distribution of child pornography.
APS takes allegations like this seriously, and will cooperate with law enforcement in this investigation. At this point, we have no further information, but the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office has asked that anyone with information regarding this case should contact detectives at 505-314-0135."
"As soon as the district learns more, information will be passed along to parents and the school community."