Authorities arrest man after releasing child porn video photos

He is accused of rape and appearing in a child porn video.

Published May 16 2013
Updated May 17 2013

A man accused of raping a young girl and appearing in child porn videos has been arrested a little more than a day after authorities released images of the man this week, officials said Wednesday.

David J. Stevens, 58, of Salinas, Calif., was taken into custody Wednesday and appeared in federal court in California on Thursday.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked the public for help Tuesday, releasing a series of partial images of the man taken from the videos that appeared online May 2.

Stevens was arrested Wednesday afternoon after officials received a tip called in to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hotline.

Authorities also rescued the girl, who they said is between the ages of 7 and 9, that Stevens is accused of raping.

The Danish National Police discovered the videos depicting the abuse.

A U.S. federal agent concluded from unique packaging on a bag of pretzels that the child and the man were in the United States.

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