Upland Karate Instructor Arrested on Suspicion of Distributing Child Pornography

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A Rancho Cucamonga man who taught martial arts in Upland was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography, authorities said Monday.

Anthony Joseph Henkels, 23, was arrested after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children was notified of possible child pornography being emailed from a residence in Rancho Cucamonga, a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department stated.

The Sheriff’s Department began an investigation after being alerted to the information and determined the email account allegedly belonged to Henkels, a martial arts instructor at a karate institute in Upland, according to the news release.

On Sunday, authorities served a search warrant at Henkels’ residence and allegedly recovered evidence confirming the information reported to the NCMEC and additional previously unknown violations, the Sheriff’s Department stated.

Henkels was arrested on suspicion of sending child pornography and possession of child pornography, according to the news release.

He was being held on $25,000 bail.

Anyone with further information was asked to contact the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department at 909-477-2800.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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