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St. Petersburg couple arrested on child sexual abuse charges, police say

Officers reported finding evidence of abuse on an electronic device.
Jason Wienrich, 31, and partner Alicia Stevens, 26, are facing several charges of sexual abuse involving children.
Jason Wienrich, 31, and partner Alicia Stevens, 26, are facing several charges of sexual abuse involving children. [ Photos courtesy St. Petersburg Police Department ]
Published Jul. 31
Updated Aug. 1

Officers arrested a couple Friday on charges relating to sexual abuse involving children after receiving tips from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, according to the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Jason Wienrich, 31, gave permission for detectives to search his electronic devices, police said. Investigators found pictures and video of child sex abuse victims and of his partner, Alicia Stevens, 26, according to the department.

One video showed Wienrich performing a sex act on a child, police said.

Officers have accused Wienrich of two counts of sexual battery involving children younger than 12, possession of child pornography, unlawful use of a two-way communication device and promoting a sexual performance of a child.

Police also accused Stevens of three charges, according to the department: lewd and lascivious molestation, use of a child to engage in sex and lewd and lascivious exhibition.

Investigators said they have found the children involved in the case and made sure they are safe. Wienrich and Stevens are being held at the Pinellas County Jail, according to booking records.

The investigation is ongoing, and officers asked anyone with information to call St. Petersburg police at (727) 883-7780.