SAFE Team arrests suspect in child-pornography investigation 

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The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. Courtesy of the city of Santa Clarita.

Detectives with the Sheriff’s Department’s Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement, or SAFE team, arrested a Newhall man on suspicion of possession of child pornography, sheriff’s officials said Monday. 

The suspect, identified in Sheriff’s Department arrest logs as a cook who resides in Newhall, was investigated by the unit that investigates “any sexual exploitation of children that has a nexus to the internet,” according to Sgt. David Payne of the SAFE Team. 

In addition to the charge, detectives filed an enhancement that alleged the 25-year-old suspect had more than 600 images of child sexual abuse material, or CSAM, in his possession, he added.  

Deputies were first alerted to the material through a cybertip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Payne said. 

The suspect was arrested Thursday and released from custody the following afternoon on $40,000 bail. 

L.A. County Superior Court records available online did not yet have charging information available for the suspect as of this story’s publication. 

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