Delivery alert

There may be an issue with the delivery of your newspaper. This alert will expire at NaN. Click here for more info.

Recover password

Officer charged with child solicitation

A Ruidoso police officer has been charged with child solicitation after he allegedly exchanged photos and engaged in sexually explicit conversations with a federal agent posing as a 15-year-old girl, New Mexico State Police announced late Friday.

Daniel Balding

Agents with the State Police Investigations Bureau arrested Daniel Balding, 35, on Sept. 12, the agency said in a news release. He is charged with child solicitation by electronic device and was subsequently released on his own recognizance.

According to the news release: Homeland Security Investigations contacted State Police to report that a federal agent in Minnesota posing as a 15-year-old girl on the Whisper app was contacted by Balding. Federal authorities allege Balding exchanged photos and had sexually explicit conversations with the agent.

State Police obtained an arrest warrant through the 12th Judicial District Court in Lincoln County.

The case is still under investigation, and State Police said no additional information was available.

Balding is being represented by a public defender in Lincoln County whose name was not listed on court documents.


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a story about how coronavirus has affected you, your family or your business? Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? What issues related to the topic would you like to see covered? Or do you have a bright spot you want to share in these troubling times?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com or Contact the writer.
AlertMe
TOP |