Mesa police arrested a 26-year-old man late last week in connection to a child pornography investigation that involved videos of 5-year-old boy being molested.
Police took Brandon Jones into custody Friday when he returned home. He faces charges of three counts of sexual conduct with a minor and four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Investigators expect additional charges are forthcoming.
Mesa police were contacted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office and the Office of Homeland Security Investigations from Boston about an ongoing, complex child pornography case. Police say homemade child pornography videos were found on Jones' laptop computer and that Jones confessed to molesting the victim and videotaping the crime.
Further information about the victim is being withheld to protect his identity.
"The arrest of Brandon Jones should serve as a warning to those who would prey on the innocent children in our communities", Mesa Police Chief Frank Milstead said in a news release. "Investigating those who victimize our children will remain a top priority of the Mesa Police Department. This arrest was made possible by the collaboration between local law enforcement and our Federal law enforcement partners."
Matt Allen, special agent in charge of ICE HIS, said, "Within a matter of hours, (Homeland Security Investigations) agents in Massachusetts identified a potential victim in Arizona and notified my agents here in Phoenix. Thanks to quick efforts by the Mesa Police Department, this child was rescued from a very dangerous situation."
Allen added, "By working together on initiatives such as the Internet Crimes Against Children task forces, law enforcement agencies across the United States have created a team effort to protect our children from predators."