A Monrovia man was out on bail Thursday after his arrest on charges including possession and distribution of child pornography, according to court records.
Nelvin Alexander Arevalo, 20, was charged with 10 counts each of the possession and distribution of child pornography after an investigation launched last year by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, according to documents filed in District Court.
The sheriff’s office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in July 2018 indicating that several images depicting sex acts involving children had been uploaded to a social media account in April of that year, the documents state.
A detective identified Arevalo as the owner of the account, which Arevalo himself later confirmed when a search and seizure warrant was served on his home on Coldbrook Drive on Sept. 27, 2018, the documents state. A total of 98 files of child pornography, including images and video, were uncovered on Arevalo’s social media account as a result of the search warrant, with other files discovered on his phone.
A warrant for Arevalo’s arrest was filed Aug. 12 and he was taken into custody Thursday. Although Arevalo was initially ordered held without bail, a judge later revised his conditions to allow his release on $30,000 unsecured bail, court records indicate.
— Jeremy Arias