Man Suspected in Child Porn

Las Cruces News
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Las Cruces police arrested a man suspected of having several images and video of child pornography on his electronic devices.

John Henry Bevel Jr., 42, who resides on the 1000 block of McFie Avenue and has also lived in Albuquerque, N.M., is charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of children. One of the counts is a second-degree felony for manufacturing child pornography, the second count is a third-degree felony for distribution of child pornography and the third-count is a fourth-degree felony for possession of child porn.

Las Cruces police investigators and an agent from Homeland Security Investigation collaborated on the investigation.

Investigators received a tip that Bevel was uploading electronic files of child pornography onto an electronic device. At least one of the files appears to show a young teenage girl engaged in sex with a man.

Investigators interviewed Bevel who acknowledged having child pornography on his cell phone.

Police are continuing their investigation and additional charges against Bevel are possible. Anyone with additional information or suspicions concerning child pornography, or specifically incidents involving John Henry Bevel Jr., is asked to call police immediately at (575) 526-0795.

Bevel was arrested Oct. 20 on a warrant and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he’s being held without bond. His detention hearing is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27.

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