Matthew Sam Valdez

Matthew Sam Valdez, 48, was sentenced to serve six years in prison for child sexual exploitation.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Dean Fink sentenced a Litchfield Park resident to serve six years as part of a plea agreement.

Matthew Sam Valdez, 48, was indicted on 10 counts of child sexual exploitation in January 2019.

On May 14, he entered a “no contest” plea to two sexual exploitation of a minor charges.

Valdez was arrested Dec. 10, 2018, after agents located images depicting child sexual abuse in his possession. 

Valdez, who was on pretrial release for a separate alleged aggravated DUI case, is being held without bond in the Maricopa County Jail.

The case was investigated by the Phoenix Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Valdez was sentenced in May to serve six years in prison for the DUI charges. Fink’s June 17 sentence on the child sexual exploitation charges stipulated Valdez should serve the DUI imprisonment first.