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Man faces charges of sexual contact with a minor

David Antonio Rodriguez, 29, of Rimrock

David Antonio Rodriguez, 29, of Rimrock

Yavapai County Sheriff's detectives recently arrested a man on charges including sexual contact with a minor after a detective received information the man was distributing child pornography.

Deputies booked David Antonio Rodriguez, 29, of Rimrock into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges including seven counts of sexual contact with a minor, one count of engaging in three or more acts of child molestation, and 17 counts of commercial sexual exploitation of a minor.

A Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Bureau detective received information involving the distribution of child pornography by a person in Rimrock from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helps state and local law enforcement agencies investigate offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems, or other computer technology to sexually exploit children and is funded by the United States Office Of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The last week of June, Sheriff's Office detectives served a search warrant at Rodriguez' home and found many images and videos of child pornography.

Rodriguez told detectives that he received, created, and distributed child pornography, D'Evelyn said.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Rodriguez molested children who ranged in age from 5 years old to 14 years old who were known to him, D'Evelyn said.

"The acts of molestation occurred over a period of 9 years, and the arrest of Rodriguez finally ended his victimization of these children," D'Evelyn said.

Rodriguez remains in custody without bond and is scheduled for court Thursday, D'Evelyn said.

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