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Arrest made in child exploitation investigation

J.R. Oppenheim
November 22, 2017 10:21 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Investigators in the state attorney general’s office are looking for other potential victims in a child exploitation case.

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John Henry Bevel Jr. is currently in federal custody after authorities charged him with three counts of sexual exploitation of children last month, according to a statement from Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Unit alerted Homeland Security Investigations and the Las Cruces Police Department after receiving a “cyber tip,” and law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for Bevel’s home.

The attorney general’s office says investigators have found nine victims in Las Cruces but there could be more in that city or in Albuquerque, where Bevel lived before moving to Las Cruces.

“This is an active investigation and we believe there could be more child victims in the Albuquerque or Las Cruces areas,” Balderas said. “I am urging anyone with information about potential child victims to contact my office immediately.”

Call the attorney general’s office at (505) 717-3542 or La Piñon Sexual Assault Recovery Services at (575) 524-3437 if you have any information about this investigation.

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