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Fontana man arrested for distributing child porn used social media to meet underage boys

FONTANA, Calif. — Detectives from the Fontana Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force discovered 23-year-old Abelardo Cruz Martinez was downloading and distributing child pornography over the internet.

Martinez was associated with 198 NCMEC CyberTips related to the distribution of child pornography.

On February 5, 2020, a search warrant was served at Martinez’s last known residence (17400 block of Fairfax Street) in the City of Fontana. During the service of the search warrant, evidence was located verifying Martinez had been living at the residence. Detectives discovered Martinez had fled to the City of Taft prior to the search warrant being served.

With the assistance of the Fontana Police Department Fugitive Apprehension Team, Martinez was located in the City of Taft and detained without incident. Martinez was transported to the Fontana Police Station for further investigation.

Martinez admitted to meeting at least ten underage boys using social media. During his interaction with these underage boys, Martinez obtained and shared illicit images. At this point, Detectives have no evidence that Martinez met these individuals in person.

The social media accounts and screen names Martinez was using were:

  • Telegram – Abel Ceu
  • Snapchat – Abel Cruz
  • Facebook – Max Cm Cruz
  • Instagram – Edgar Cruz
  • Mega – Celo Citruz

A search of Martinez’ cellular telephone revealed evidence supporting his admissions.

Martinez was arrested for Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography and Possession of Child Pornography in excess of 600 images. Martinez was booked at West Valley Detention Center.

Fontana Police Department ICAC Detectives are in the process of identifying additional victims and asking for the public’s assistance with identifying any other victims.

If you or anyone you know have been victimized by this suspect, please contact Detective Kouroubacalis of the Fontana Police Department ICAC Unit at 909 854-8177 or at HKOUROUBACALIS@FONTANA.ORG.

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