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Fresno man suspected in child molestation investigation

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A Fresno man is suspected of engaging in sexually explicit chats online with a 13-year-old boy and using the Internet to entice the boy into meeting him for sexual encounters.

David Hume, 36, was arrested Tuesday by investigators with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office on charges detailed in a criminal complaint. In addition to online enticement of a minor, Hume is also charged with distribution of child pornography. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California.

The charges stem from a probe by the Central California Internet Crimes against Children (ICAC) Task Force, including HSI, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and the Tulare Police Department. The probe allegedly revealed Hume engaged in sexually explicit online chats with the victim.

The chats led to Hume’s meeting with the boy on two occasions last month where he sexually abused the child. According to the criminal complaint, the investigation also revealed Hume possessed numerous images and videos of child pornography, which he distributed over a peer-to-peer file-sharing network...


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