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Wednesday December 6th, 2023 :: 11:40 a.m. PST


Apple Valley Man Arrested for Child Pornography Charges When Investigators Receive Tip

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

INCIDENT: PC 311.1(a) Distribution of Child Pornography, PC 311.11(a) Possession of Child Pornography, PC 288.3(a) Sending Obscene Matter to a Minor, PC 288.3 Contacting a Minor to Commit a Felony

LOCATION: Town of Apple Valley

VICTIM: State of California

SUSPECT: James Leonard Colvin, Age 61, Resident of Apple Valley 

On November 7, 2023, detectives from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Specialized Investigations Division - Crimes Against Children Detail received a CyberTip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) concerning child sexual abuse material. 

During the investigation, detectives identified James Colvin as the suspect. On December 5, 2023, at the conclusion of the investigation, Colvin was arrested and booked at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto for violation of PC 311.1(a), PC 311.11(a), PC 288.2(a)(1), and PC 288.3, in lieu of $30,000 bail. 

During the investigation, detectives also learned Colvin communicated with unidentified underage female victims and distributed child sexual abuse material via the internet. Detectives are releasing Colvin’s photograph in an attempt to identify victims connected to this investigation. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Wendy Winegar of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail, at (909) 890-4904. Callers wishing to remain anonymous should call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or leave information on the We-Tip wesite at   

Refer: Detective Wendy Winegar

Station: Specialized Investigations Division – Crimes Against Children Detail

Phone No.  (909) 890-4904

Case No. 602300081

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

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