Sheriff Blasts D.A. & Judge After Andrew Long Sentencing

Andrew Long (Courtesy: San Juan County Sheriff's Office)

“The lack of spine from all involved is appalling; to sentence this predator to our county jail and utilize county resources on a state conviction is absurd. This individual should be in a state prison, he should not be allowed unsupervised visits and work release. Child pornography is not a victimless crime! If we are not willing to protect our children, what are we willing to do?”

From the San Juan Co. Sheriff's Office:

Andrew Long, of Bloomfield, NM was sentenced today to one year, including time served at the San Juan County Adult Detention Center. Andrew is required to register as a sex offender for the entirety of his life but is expected to only serve a remaining 8 months in jail. Judge Dalley approved for Andrew to serve his time at the local detention center, receive work release and have unsupervised visits with his young children.

In December of 2016, Andrew was charged with 3 Felonies; Possession, Manufacturing and Distribution of Visual Medium of Sexual Exploitation of Children. On August 11th, 2017 Andrew was arrested again on five additional Felony charges consisting of 2 counts Manufacturing, 2 counts Distribution and 1 count Possession of Visual Medium of Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Through the investigation, over 5,800 images of child pornography that included primarily toddlers and infants under 12 months old were traced back to Mr. Long.

Andrew Long was facing up to 93 years in prison, but the District Attorney’s office accepted a guilty plea from Mr. Long on only one charge and dropped the rest. This resulted in a significant reduction from 93 years to an 11-year maximum and 1 year minimum. Andrew Long was ultimately found guilty of 1 count Possession of Visual Medium of Sexual Exploitation of Children.

Sheriff Ken Christesen has provided a statement regarding the sentencing hearing that took place this morning in Aztec District Court.

“The lack of spine from all involved is appalling; to sentence this predator to our county jail and utilize county resources on a state conviction is absurd. This individual should be in a state prison, he should not be allowed unsupervised visits and work release. Child pornography is not a victimless crime! If we are not willing to protect our children, what are we willing to do?”

More from Local News

  • County Commission Recommends Charley Fill Pinto's Seat

    The Commission received 13 submissions. One submission was disqualified due to an applicant not residing in the district. Monday’s special meeting was called in order to choose from applicants and make nomination to Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham. Each applicant was given four minutes to speak before the Commission.

  • Suspect Arrested after Farmington Stabbing

    When police arrived, they found 33-year-old Kyle Martinez inside the apartment with multiple stab wounds. Medics transported Martinez to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition.

  • Authorities Investigate River Drowning

    The call came in to dispatch around 5:49 p.m. after a family saw the person, identified as 51-year-old David Lee of Shiprock, floating in the river near Boyd Park. Farmington and San Juan County fire departments, Farmington police and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office worked to locate Lee.

  • Rising River Restricts Trails

    Trails on the north side of the river from Berg Park West to the Animas Bridge (furthest bridge to the east) are closed. Trails on the south side of the river will remain open. The closure is a precaution in anticipation of rising water levels over the next several days.

  • County Warns: River Flows Increasing

    High flows in the Animas and San Juan Rivers have created dangerous conditions. The rivers are both running higher, and faster than recent memory. Faster running water has the potential to make the bank unstable. Be careful around the riverbank. Even experienced swimmers can be overpowered by the extreme river current. Stay out of the main channel during periods of high flow. Both rivers are deeper than normal and likely to be over your head. In shallow areas, the water could still knock you off your feet.

  • Update: Arrest Made in Fatal Farmington Stabbing

    Eagles Kassanavoid was located several hours later at a residence in west Farmington and taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit.

On KSJE Now:

Today's Weather

  • Farmington, NM

    Sunny

    High: 82°F | Low: 50°F

  • Durango, CO

    Sunny

    High: 79°F | Low: 43°F

  • Shiprock, NM

    Sunny

    High: 84°F | Low: 48°F

  • Cortez, CO

    Sunny

    High: 79°F | Low: 45°F

  • Santa Fe, NM

    Sunny intervals

    High: 79°F | Low: 52°F