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31-year old Jesus Tapia was arrested on June 11, 2020 on 30 counts of manufacturing child pornography, five counts of lewd acts with a child under 14, and two counts sexual intercourse with a child under 10. He was booked at Fresno County Jail with bail set at $1,040,000.
Tapia was contacted after he was connected to viewing and downloading more than 100 videos of children, including toddlers, being raped. Before his arrest, detectives of the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant at a home on the 5100 block of East Olive Avenue.
Videos were discovered showing Tapia sexually assaulting a child. The child was identified and removed from further abuse.
The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office stresses the significance of this arrest. There has been a substantial increase in the distribution and possession of child pornography.
This material is produced around the world and shared via the internet, resulting in most arrests occurring without victim identification.
Any information about this case or any illegal sexual material being shared online can be reported to the Sheriff’s office at 559-600-3111, Valley Crime Stoppers at 559-498-7867 or valleycrimestoppers.org. Cyber tips can also be submitted at missingkids.com/home.
The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of 64 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies spread throughout nine counties in the Central Valley.
It is dedicated to protecting children online and investigating crimes committed against children, which are facilitated by the Internet and computer usage.
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