Sierra Madre man gets 20 years for sex with minor - A 27-year-old Sierra Madre resident who enticed a teen to have sex with him was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison, authorities said Wednesday. At his Tuesday sentencing, Jonathan Calvo was also placed on lifetime supervision and ordered to pay fines.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the FBI's Regional Inland Apprehension Team were contacted May 14, 2011 after a teenager was reported missing from Riverside County.
Based on the teen's online activity, investigators determined she had been corresponding with a man who was later identified as Calvo. On May 26, 2011, agents and task force officers went to Calvo's home and found the girl. She was returned to her parents.
Interviews and evidence collected at the scene indicated Calvo had sexual contact with the girl and took pictures. Authorities said he also had images and videos depicting child pornography some of which he produced himself.
As the Star News article points out, this was an arrest orchestrated by the FBI and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. The Sierra Madre Police Department was apparently not directly involved in either the arrest or the investigation, though Calvo's criminal activity did occur here in town.
The FBI has a story up on their site, and it goes into some detail about exactly what this guy did, and how he was originally identified. Here is a part of their report (click here):
A 27 year old man who enticed juvenile females to engage in sexual acts was sentenced Tuesday to 240 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Virginia A. Phillips, announced Andrė Birotte, Jr., the United States Attorney in Los Angeles, and Bill Lewis, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.
Jonathan Calvo, 27, of Sierra Madre, was convicted in September 2012. During Tuesday’s hearing, Calvo was also sentenced to lifetime supervision and fines.
On May 14, 2011, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI’s Regional Inland Apprehension Team (IRAT) were contacted after a teenager was reported missing from Riverside County, California. From that date through May 26, 2011, investigators conducted a physical search for the missing teenager, as well as a search of the victim’s online communications. Based on the victim’s online activity, investigators determined the victim had been corresponding with an adult male who was successfully identified as Calvo.
On the evening of May 26, 2011, agents and task force officers went to Calvo’s residence and rescued the endangered teenager. Subsequent interviews and evidence collected at the scene indicated that Calvo had engaged in unlawful sexual contact with the victim and that he had documented the sexual acts with a digital camera. The victim was found in the residence and returned to her parents on the evening of May 26, 2011, following a medical examination. Calvo was arrested a short time later.
During the course of the continuing investigation, evidence revealed Calvo was in receipt of and that he possessed images and videos depicting child pornography, some of which he produced himself. The digital evidence revealed that Calvo had engaged in unlawful sexual conduct with additional minor victims since at least 2004 in multiple unrelated cases, including with females aged 13 and 14, both of whom were successfully identified and later interviewed.
What you ought to keep in mind is that Calvo's activities occurred right here in Sierra Madre, and had done so since "at least 2004." If child pornography was a career Calvo would be nearly halfway to retirement and a pension by now.
I hope I am not being too negative or uncivil here, but I do not think it is unfair to speculate a little bit about this town and its nascent reputation as a place where child pornographers can operate for years with little fear of scrutiny from the local authorities.
When the City of Sierra Madre refused to register Bob Matheson as a sex offender, and despite clear guidelines from the U.S. Department of Justice that such a thing would need to be done (click here), was a message sent? In a world that is generally hostile to child pornographers and treats those who engage in that practice in as harsh a manner as the law allows, Sierra Madre took a far gentler path. If there was a reason for this, it has never been explained.
Perhaps in light of this latest development Mayor Josh Moran would like to take a moment from his busy City Council schedule trying to raise our utility taxes and explain what exactly the thought process was on this matter. There was an investigation that the Sierra Madre Police Department participated in, one that included a search of Matheson's home by the I.C.E. portion of the Department of Homeland Security. And though that search took place nearly two months later than it should have, certainly there must be something that can be talked about by now.
I think it is time the results of that investigation are shared with the rest of us.
Louie Ayala gets caught in a big fib
Speaking of ICE, PUSD Board of Education candidate Luis "ICEman" Ayala has apparently been caught getting his political fib on about not sending his children to public schools. Something that you'd think would be mandatory for anyone running for a seat on a Board of Education that oversees public education in this knotty neck of the woods.
A Tattler reader that is closely following the PUSD Board election, one that we have been illegally proscribed from voting in, reports the following:
Ayala lied in his answers to PEN about why his kids aren’t enrolled in PUSD. He stated that he moved to Linda Vista and wanted to send his children to the public school at Linda Vista but “it closed several months after moving in.” Well, that just isn’t true. He closed escrow 7/23/04, and Linda Vista School was closed in Fall, 2006. It was an abrupt decision by the PUSD board, and therefore he would not have had knowledge (or did he?) that the school was going to close in Fall, 2006.
If fibbing is a major prerequisite for local political establishment support in the PUSD Board of Education election, then ICE Ayala has the perfect resume' for their undying love and affection. I'm certain the Foothill Democrats and ACT have a lot to be proud of here.
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