Las Cruces man accused of sending child pornography to his cousin, molesting family member
ANTHONY, New Mexico (KVIA) -- Jail records show law enforcement officers arrested 23-year-old Ryan Gallardo Sunday night at a home in Anthony, New Mexico.
According to court documents newly obtained by ABC-7, detectives with the El Paso Police Department found more than 2,000 child pornography files on a phone belonging to Yamil Pillado, most of them videos. Pillado is Gallardo's cousin, according to investigators. Court documents state Pillado told investigators that Gallardo sent him links to most of that child pornography.
Investigators say they obtained Whatsapp conversation between the cousins in which they allegedly discuss the fact that the people shown in the videos are children.
In those same conversations, Gallardo allegedly admitted to his cousin that he'd had sex with a family member. Court documents state that family member had previously reported Gallardo had molested them since they were four years old. Gallardo also claimed to have video of himself having sex with that family member.
The court document also states that in those instant message conversations, Gallardo and Pillado allegedly discussed ways of storing child pornography that would not get them caught.
The cousins also allegedly discussed plans to molest their own children and other family members, according to investigators.
Dona Ana County Detention Center records show Gallardo lives in Las Cruces. Officials issued a warrant for his arrest on one felony count of Sexual Exploitation of a Child.
Records show officers took Gallardo into custody at a home on the 600 block of Casimiro in Anthony, New Mexico.
The court has not yet scheduled Gallardo's first court appearance. He is being held in the Dona Ana County Detention Center without bond, according to the latest jail records.