Former NM principal sentenced to 11 years on child porn conviction

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Las Cruces middle school principal will spend 11 years in federal prison on child pornography charges. Joel Aguilar Villanueva, 45, pleaded guilty to posting a video on Twitter showing a child engaging in sexual acts with an adult with the comment “they learn fast” in Spanish.


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The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children first learned about the account in October 2018 when Villanueva was a principal at Zia Middle School. Once he’s released, he will be subject to five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

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