On Thursday, detectives with the Central California Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested 30 year old Hunter Carlis of Fresno.
He was booked into the Fresno County Jail on a felony charge of possessing Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). His bail is $20,000.
This criminal activity came to the attention of ICAC detectives as they were proactively monitoring online sharing of CSAM files. They obtained information that pointed to a home on the 6300 block of N. Prospect Ave. in Fresno. Detectives authored a search warranted and visited the home and contacted Hunter Carlis. Carlis served as a substitute teacher from September 2020 through August 2021 and has since been serving as a 6th grade teacher at Ayer Elementary in Fresno. Detectives seized electronic devices, which contain numerous photos of young children who are nude. Detectives arrested Carlis. This remains an ongoing investigation.
The Fresno Unified School District has released the following statement.
“As soon as we became aware of the arrest, Mr. Carlis was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. His arrest, based on the felony charge, is deeply disturbing. All behavior by Fresno Unified staff should have the highest standards of professionalism. The misconduct that led to these charges is absolutely unacceptable for anyone, especially an educator.
Student safety is a top priority for the district and as such, we are fully cooperating with the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and will continue to do so throughout the course of its investigation. We’re taking measures to ensure classes are not disrupted and additional support staff will be on campus for students and staff.”
There is a possibility that Mr. Carlis has had inappropriate contact with children, which has not been reported. If you are aware of such activity, please contact Detective Oscar Rivas at (559) 487-6019,
ICAC 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.