Suspect accused of possessing child pornography is formally char

Suspect accused of possessing child pornography is formally charged

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San Luis--Cristian Validivia appeared before Judge Jorge Lozano via video at Somerton/San Luis justice court.

The 20-year old was arrested last week for allegedly possessing child pornography.

Valdivia was charged with one felony count for sexual exploitation of minor.

He pled not guilty to the charge.

San Luis police said a joint investigation with the Tucson Police Department led them to Valdivia.

Police searched his home in the 38-hundred block of San Pedro Street where they seized videos downloaded to his laptop and on a USB drive.

They said Valdivia verbally admitted to downloading pornographic videos of children from the Internet but alleges an acquaintance asked him to do it.

The police report said Valdivia noticed it was child pornography but did not return the USB drive for fear of what could happen.

Prosecutors asked Judge Lozano to raise Valdivia's bond.

"He is a resident of Mexico. He stays here only to work so there is a possibility that he may be leaving with a low bond," San Luis police officer Blanca Silva said.

Valdivia's bond was reset at $36,100 and is due back in court next week.

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