Ex-Holtville police officer arrested for child pornography

Ex-Holtville police officer arrested for child pornography

Holtville, California November 3, 2011 - Riverside authorities arrested 42-year-old Hector Jesus Zamora at his home in Temecula for possession of child pornography on Tuesday.  He worked as a Holtville Police Department Officer a decade ago.

"I know him previously when he used to patrol around Holtville," says Ericela Bolin, a long-time Holtville resident.  It's been years."

Of the two dozen images investigators found, they found images of Zamora with what appears to be underage girls.

"At the time, we believe those photographs specifically were taken about 10 years or so [ago] when he lived in the area of Holtville...where he had served as a police officer back then," says John Hall, a spokesperson with the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.

Riverside County's Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Task Force hopes victims will come forward.  Authorities believe they might be in Holtville.

"The concern obviously is very typical in cases like this where someone possesses child pornography," says Hall.  "Especially if there are images that are found that the suspect or the defendant is also in the photographs that there could still be underage victims out there that we've not identified."

Authorities cannot elaborate on the contents of the photos.

"I can't be too specific about what was depicted in those photographs.  But then, the fact that it was him with females that may or may not have been underage because it's still a part of our on-going investigation."

At least for Bolin, she finds the news disturbing.

"It's shocking," says Bolin.  "I'm surprised that's it's been revealed.  I never had any idea.  To me, he was a young officer, you know.  I never thought he had any problems with the law, but, you know, looks are deceiving."

Hall says Zamora is currently out on $5,000 bail for one count of possession of child pornography, but says that charges can be amended to his criminal case, should victims come forward.

Riverside County authorities say if you know any victims who may have had illegal contact with Hector Jesus Zamora, to please call their Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Task Force at 866-SAFE-595.

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