Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims today announced the arrest of Fresno man in connection with an internet child pornography investigation. Arrested was 33-year-old Richard Cervantes.
The case was initiated by deputies from the Sheriff's Child Sexual Predator Program (CSPP) during an ongoing proactive investigation targeting suspects who use file sharing programs to download and distribute child pornography. Cervantes was identified as a possible suspect during the investigation.
Yesterday morning, detectives served a search warrant at Cervantes' residence located in the 2500 block of N Maple Ave in the City of Fresno. During the search, several computers were discovered and over 125 videos of children being sexually abused were seized.
Cervantes was not at the residence during the service of the search warrant. He was later contacted at his place of employment and eventually arrested. Cervantes was booked in to the Fresno County Jail on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.
Since its inception in April of 2012, CSPP deputies have conducted just under 400 compliance checks of PC290 registrants. They have made well over 100 arrests, and obtained several convictions.
CSPP deputies work closely with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Sheriff's PC 290 Sex Offender Registration Unit. They conduct investigations into crimes perpetuated against children and youth by sexual predators and sex registrants. CSPP deputies also engage in community outreach activities including training, prevention, and education.