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Christopher Contreras of Fresno is under arrest – again.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office says the 26 year-old suspect faces charges of rape, child molestation, arranging to meet with a minor to engage in sex and committing a felony while out on bail. Detectives also believe there are other victims they do not yet know about.

Contreras was one of 34 men arrested during the undercover operation “COVID Chat Down,” which was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force from July 20 to August 2, 2020. Contreras spent less than a day in jail and was released on August 1 after posting bond totaling $1,000.

Most Recent Case

According to the Sheriff’s department, detectives were made aware of a 15 year-old girl who was possibly the victim of sexual abuse. Their investigation led them to suspect Contreras, officials said.

A search warrant was issued on Oct. 13 for Contreras’ home, where he was arrested. Authorities say they also seized electronic devices at that time.

The Fresno County Sheriff’s Office joined forces on the case with the Fresno police department, Fresno County District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Homeland Security department.

Christopher Contreras – October 13, 2020

Posted by Fresno County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Watch Raw Video of Contreras’ Arrest

(Note: This video, provided by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, includes portions with no audio. Other audio has been obscured due to offensive language.)

Operation COVID Chat Down

Operation COVID Chat Down was a multi-agency effort developed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, where internet usage increased across the country with people of all ages. Officials say children in particular have engaged more with people through social media sites due to school closures and a reduction in extra-curricular activities.

A danger of being online more often, authorities say, is a potential encounter with a sexual predators seeking out children. Detectives with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and special agents with Homeland Security developed an operation to identify, contact and arrest individuals suspected of targeting children for sex.

Detectives went online posing as 12 and 13 year-old boys and girls, conversing with men through online apps. During their conversations, officials said the suspects used sexually explicit language and sent graphic photos to undercover detectives.

When a suspect requested to meet with the child, detectives arrived at a predetermined location and arrested them. Authorities say no children were involved in the operation.

34 Central Valley men were arrested during Operation “COVID Chat Down” earlier this year. (Courtesy/Fresno County Sheriff’s Office)

Potentially Other Victims

Detectives believe Contreras may have victimized other children.

Anyone with additional information is being asked to contact Sheriff’s Sgt. Chad Stokes at (559) 600-8144 or Valley Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-7867  (www.valleycrimestoppers.org).

Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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