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ALBUQUERQUE – A Carlsbad man was sentenced this week in federal court in connection with sexual abuse of minors.

Alexander M.M. Uballez, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, and Raul Bujanda, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Albuquerque Field Office, announced that Juan Antonio Flores was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison. Flores, 47, of Carlsbad, pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor on Sept. 19, 2023.

According to publicly available court records, the FBI obtained a federal search warrant for an address in Carlsbad associated with an online account for a fetish website that had been discussing the sexual molestation of a 9-year-old minor and sending child pornography of that minor.

After execution of the search warrant, the FBI was able to verify that the adults living at the address, Joseph and Rachel Crutcher, had been sexually abusing three children in their care and had been setting up meetings with other individuals to sexually abuse at least one of the children, who is identified in court documents as Jane Doe.

Through their investigation, the FBI learned that Joseph Crutcher met a man named “Juan,” who was identified by the FBI as Flores, online and arranged to meet Flores in person. During their online conversations, Flores repeatedly discussed his desires to sexually abuse Jane Doe, and Flores made plans with Joseph to do so.

The FBI learned that the Crutchers took Jane Doe to meet with Juan in person on three occasions. During those meetings, Rachel engaged in sexual acts with Juan while Jane Doe and another minor child were present, and on another occasion, Joseph engaged in sexual acts with Jane Doe next to Flores while Flores engaged in sexual acts with Rachel.

In his plea agreement, Flores admitted that on several occasions in September 2022, during online conversations with the Crutchers, Flores discussed his desire to engage in sexual acts with Jane Doe and arranged to meet with the Crutchers and Jane Doe on multiple occasions.

Upon his release from prison, Flores will be subject to a lifetime supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Rachel Crutcher previously pleaded guilty to production of child pornography and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Joseph Crutcher pleaded guilty to one count each of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography and was sentenced to 70 years in prison.

A third individual who arranged to meet with the Crutchers with the intention of engaging in sexual acts with Jane Doe, Dominic Allan Marks, pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Upon their release from prison, the Crutchers and Marks will be subject to a lifetime term of supervised release and must register as sex offenders.

The Roswell Resident Agency and the FBI Albuquerque Field Office jointly investigated this case with assistance from the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office and Carlsbad Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Matilda McCarthy Villalobos is prosecuting the case.

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