Mariposa County Man Arrested for Alleged Possession and Distribution of CSAM
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Authorities in Mariposa County have announced the arrest of an area man for the alleged possession and distribution of child sexual abuse material (commonly abbreviated as CSAM).
In a press release issued via social media on August 24, the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office identified Anthony Saavedra as the focus of an ongoing investigation into suspected CSAM possession. The investigation began following a tip to authorities from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
According to the press release, members of the county Sheriff’s Office and Central California Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force served a search warrant in the Friant area of Fresno County earlier that same day.
The search ultimately ended with Saavedra being taken into custody on a Ramey warrant for the alleged “possession and distribution of hundreds of files determined to be child pornography.”
Saavedra was booked at the Mariposa County Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of the possession of child pornography.
“I am extremely proud of the work done by the Sheriff’s Office ICAC Task Force members,” Sheriff Jeremy Briese commented in part. “A huge thanks to the ICAC team from Fresno Sheriff’s Office and Fresno PD who assisted.”
Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office has elected not to release further details at this time.
It was unclear at press time whether Saavedra had retained an attorney.