Man facing child molestation charges, weeks after bail following sexual predator sting, deputies say

Crime

FRESNO, California (KSEE) – A 26-year-old Fresno man was arrested on child molestation charges after deputies say he arranged to meet with a minor to engage in sex. The arrest comes weeks after the same man bailed out of jail following an undercover operation designed to identify child sexual predators.

According to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year-old Christopher Contreras was arrested after detectives learned he was responsible for raping a 15-year-old. A search warrant was issued for his home and electronic devices seized.

Contreras was one of 34 men arrested in an undercover operation targeting “would-be” child sexual predators. The Sheriff’s Office says he posted a bond of $1,000 and bailed out of jail after spending less than a day behind bars.

“He went right back to his old habits and this time he acted on it and took advantage of a young girl,” said Tony Botti with Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. “Raped her and now we are here again, arresting him and having to put him back in the system.”

With more people using the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheriff’s Office suggests families have a conversation with their children about online safety.

“How many did we miss? We want to know if there is anyone out there who recognizes Contreras, maybe had a conversation with him be it in person or online, please let us know,” Botti said.

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