Crime Trackers

Feb 3, 2014 11:25 PM by Lupita Murillo

Crime Trackers: Child Predators

TUCSON - Some disturbing statistics regarding Child Pornography. The U.S. Department of Justice claims, "At any one time there are estimated to be more than one million pornographic images of children on the internet, with 200 new images posted daily."

That's why the Tucson Police department's Internet Crime Against Children's Unit is doing what it can to crack down on predators. News 4 Tucson rode along as officers hit the streets to find them.

This case takes the mobile command unit to Oro Valley. The detective says someone in the area of Magee and Oracle is looking at child pornography of young girls under 10.

Statistics show 80% of child pornography are female, and 91% of the images are children under 12.

Armed with a search warrant the U.S. Marshals task force makes its way into the northwest side apartment. The detective who asked to remain anonymous says, "We're looking for any device or media that can store child porn. Computers, thumb drives."

Three men live inside the apartment and someone is downloading and sharing child pornography.

The detective has been working on the case since December when he developed the information. "We found out that it belonged to a certain internet provider so we're able to determine that it came from this apartment complex."

After going through the evidence seized in the apartment, Jesus Miguel Navarro Tovar was arrested. Police say the 31-year-old was booked into the Pima County Jail on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

A mother of three whose children play near the apartment is shocked when she heard the news and saw officers raiding the apartment. Briannon Ormson tells News 4 Tucson Crime Trackers, "Oh God, that is horrible. That is really horrible." Ormson adds, "I'm going to let everyone around here be aware of that. It's just unbelievable, what is this world coming too?"

Al Bouman is another concerned neighbor who lives in the apartment complex. His grandchildren play with kids who live right across from the suspect. "They need to stop. I'm glad to see they caught them."

Since 2003, child pornography on the internet is becoming more brutal and graphic. That's why the ICAC unit is determined to do everything they can to protect our children.

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