Two men are being held in lieu of $8 million bond in a widening case of sexual exploitation of children in Rio Rancho.

Court documents released Friday show that Matthew J. Baca, 35, of Albuquerque was arrested Dec. 22 by Rio Rancho police after an interview about another man's arrest last month.

In the previous case, Peter A. "Tony" Duran, 43, of Rio Rancho was arrested Nov. 9 on charges related to child pornography and methamphetamine possession.

More than 700 sexually explicit images of boys were found at Duran's home in the 1300 block of Sunset Road Southeast, including some images of sex acts involving Duran, said John Francis, spokesman for the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety.

During a subsequent investigation, close-up photos of the boys' faces were shown to school officials in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque.

"Four individuals were recognized by (APD) school resource officers," Francis said.

The boys told Rio Rancho police and FBI agents that a man they referred to as Dad had taken them to Duran's home several times since 2001 to have sex with Duran.

Court documents identified Baca as the man who brought the boys to Duran.

"Baca befriended these families," Francis said. He would not say how the boys met Baca and how Baca met Duran.

Each time Baca delivered a boy to Duran, he would receive $80, according to a Sandoval County arrest warrant.

Duran had recordings of the boys engaged in sex acts with each other and with him, according to the warrant. The boys were ages 10, 11, and 12 when they were abused, Francis said.

Other children in the images, captured on DVD, have not been identified, he said.

Because Duran has a criminal record in Colorado, Francis said his department might show the images to officers there.