A Bassett man has been arrested for allegedly uploading images of child pornography to the Internet on at least two occasions, according to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.
Three victims have been identified in the case — girls between the ages of 10 and 13, whom the suspect allegedly sexually abused, the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. The girls are from Los Angeles County and are out of harm’s way.
Manuel Montes, 43, was taken into custody about 11:30 a.m. Thursday at a residence in Norwalk, where detectives found “a disturbing ‘trophy room’ filled with young girls’ items such as clothes, toys and children’s books,” according to the department.
Detectives had previously served warrants at two other locations.
The first warrant was served at a residence in Bellflower after investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. They “determined that child pornography was uploaded on a computer under the control of an individual with a residence,” the statement said.
The Bellflower location provided evidence that indicated a suspect was residing in Bassett (map), an unincorporated community in the San Gabriel Valley.
The residence in Bassett “was secured with ‘trip wires’ linked electronically, providing alarm that” rooms may have been entered or breached, the statement said.
Montes was housed at the sheriff’s Norwalk station on $500,000 bail, pending arraignment.
The case will be presented Tuesday to the L.A. County district attorney’s office for consideration at the Downey Superior Court, authorities said.
Anyone with questions or information was urged to contact the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273 or SpecialVictims@lasd.org. Those who wish to remain anonymous may call LA Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477, or text the letters “TIPLA” and a tip to 274637.