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Crime Trackers: Convicted sex offender re-arrested for having child porn

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The digital age helps us connect globally in a matter of seconds. It has also opened-up the darker world of child pornography.

One study suggests child pornography is one of the fastest growing businesses online, earning about $3 billion  a year.

Ronald Manzo is a convicted sex offender on probation. The 51-year-old man was recently arrested for the same crime that got him in trouble in 2012.

According to court documents, he was convicted of sexual exploitation of a minor due to possession child pornography. He had to register as a sex offender.

"Apparently he can't stop this," Pima County Sheriff's Department Det. Santiago Hernandez. "He has problem with it, so he's just a repeat offender at this point."

On April 27, Adult Probation searched Manzo's residence. Probation officers found four CD’s.

The officer asked Manzo, "If they were going to locate any child pornography on the CD’s."

Manzo stated, "No."

The CD’s were seized. The probation officer and Hernandez reviewed them. 

"There were hundreds of images pictures and videos of prepubescent children performing sexual acts with other children and with adults," he said.

Most of the videos were foreign with English subtitles.

When Manzo was arrested a second time and charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, Hernandez said, "He was crying and said he didn't want to go to jail."

Hernandez added,  sometimes these sexual predators would not be satisfied with just viewing child pornography. They may act on those impulses. The also go online to purchase the video .

"There are victims, even though it is a video," he said. "He's not personally doing it to the child, but somebody is."

If convicted, Ronald Manzo could face up to 150 years in prison.  

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