Woman Arrested in San Fernando Valley Child Porn Case

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Federal investigators have arrested a woman believed to be involved in a decade-old child pornography case with ties to the L.A. area.

Letha Montemayor, 52, was arrested outside an apartment complex in North Hills around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

porn-chick-arrestedThe arrest came less than 10 hours after authorities released photos of an unidentified man and woman being sought in a child sexual exploitation case.

At around 2 p.m. on Thursday, ICE Homeland Security Investigations special agents received a call to their tip line about the woman’s possible identity.

They received several additional corroborating leads after that, ICE officials said, and placed Montemayor under surveillance before making the arrest.

Montemayor is charged in a federal criminal complaint with one count of production of child pornography.

The complaint alleges that “Jane Doe,” now believed to be Montemayor, was involved in the production of a widely circulated series of child porn images taken about 11 years ago.

The pictures show an adult man and woman sexually molesting a girl who appears to be about 13.

They were first discovered by HSI special agents in Chicago in 2007.

Forensic analysis of the images led investigators to conclude that they were produced in the L.A. area — specifically, in the San Fernando Valley.

Montemayor’s son Paul Tucker told KTLA that he believes the victim went by the name Kiki. “She looked young, but she had been declaring that she was 18,” Tucker said.

The identity and whereabouts of the male suspect in the case, “John Doe,” remain unknown, as does the identity of the victim.

Anyone with information is asked to call the child pornography hotline at 866-DHS-2ICE or visit http://www.ice.gov/tips.

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