Terry H. Slade, 59, of Moriarty, N.M., worked for Sandia National Laboratories when ICE and the U.S. Department of Energy initiated this investigation in 2007. ICE special agents identified him as having email contact with a known child pornography collector.
ICE agents reviewed Slade's work computers and associated computer media; they discovered numerous images of child pornography. When agents executed a search warrant at Slade's residence in August 2007, they seized multiple computers and computer media. Forensic analysis of the computers revealed thousands of images and videos of young children engaging in sexual acts with adults.
Slade had previously been convicted on child pornography-related charges in Oregon and Utah.
U.S. District Judge William P. Johnson also handed down a lifetime sentence of supervised release, which is the first such sentence in the District of New Mexico.
"ICE special agents, working hand-in-hand with our law enforcement partners, will continue to use our ample law enforcement authorities to seek out and arrest child predators, and stop them from further victimizing children," said Manuel Oyola-Torres, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Homeland Security Investigations in El Paso.
Slade's case was part of Operation Predator, an ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. Since ICE launched Operation Predator in 2003, more than 12,000 child sex predators, sex tourists and child pornographers have been arrested.
ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.