Albuquerque father convicted of human trafficking pleads to new child abuse charges

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Correction issued below

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) An Albuquerque father, who was once charged with prostituting his children for drug money, pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven more counts of child abuse. James Stewart was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2019 for forcing his kids to panhandle to fund his drug habit.


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During Wednesday’s plea hearing, Stewart pleaded to neglect for the condition of his children. He requested to serve probation outside of Bernalillo County. “That I am allowed to do my parole and probation outside of Bernalillo County. I know entirely too many people in Bernalillo County, and thatis a potential violation for me to be in Bernalillo County,” said Stewart.

Stewart was sentenced to another six years in addition to what he is already serving.


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that James Stewart prostituted his children. That is incorrect as he is accused of doing so but was never convicted of that charge.

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