The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is seeking tips from the public in locating a Wadsworth man who is wanted for possessing child pornography and is avoiding apprehension.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit in January conducted an investigation into the suspected sharing of child pornography, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
The investigation resulted in cybercrime detectives obtaining a search warrant for a residence in the 38000 block of North Bayonne Avenue in Wadsworth.
The search warrant was conducted on Tuesday.
Giovany S. Arias, 18, of 38000 block of North Bayonne Avenue in Wadsworth, was charged with three counts of possessing child pornography.
Detectives conducted a forensic examination of electronic devices possessed by Arias and determined he possessed numerous videos of girls under the age of 13 engaged in sexual acts with adult males.
It does not appear Arias recorded any of these videos himself, Covelli said.
Sheriff’s cybercrime detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Arias on Wednesday. A Lake County judge set bond on the warrant at $350,000.
“Arias and his family are aware he is wanted, however, Arias is attempting to avoid apprehension,” Covelli said.
Additional charges are possible in the case.
Anyone who knows of the whereabouts of the man is asked to call Lake County Sheriff’s Office detectives at 847-377-4413 or leave a tip on the Lake County Sheriff’s app.