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Safe childhood initiative nets 2 arrests in NM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The U.S. Attorney's Office says an initiative aimed at fighting child exploitation in New Mexico has led to federal charges against two men.

Prosecutors say 49-year-old David Gene Peterson of Durango, Colo., was charged following an undercover investigation during which he made arrangements to travel to Albuquerque to meet with a female he believed to be 13 years old. He was arrested after arriving in Albuquerque last week.

In a separate case, 49-year-old Jordan Earl Madison Jr. of Albuquerque was charged last week with possession and distribution of child pornography.

Since March, authorities say Project Safe Childhood has resulted in 17 federal prosecutions in New Mexico for possession, receipt or distribution of child pornography.

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