Ryan Rovito: California man arrested for child pornography after wife found hidden camera
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REDDING, CALIFORNIA: A California man was arrested by the Redding Police Department on Thursday, March 16, for allegedly possessing more than 900 child pornography images after his wife found a recording device in the guest bathroom of their home.
Ryan Rovito was confronted by his wife on March 8 after she discovered the hidden camera in their home's guest bathroom, according to the police. The suspect admitted to knowing about the camera and promised his wife that he would throw it away, but his wife had seized it, and the hard drive. After that, his wife contacted the police over concerns that he had recorded their young children using the bathroom.
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More than 900 images of child pornography
Police obtained a search warrant for the devices, and high-tech crime detectives performed a preliminary forensic analysis in which more than 900 images of child pornography and multiple videos from the bathroom camera were found, according to a report by FoxNews.
Police claim that the videos showed children and adults using the bathroom who appeared to be unaware that they were being recorded. An arrest warrant was obtained, and Rovito was arrested on Thursday morning during a traffic enforcement stop along Buenaventura Boulevard and Placer Street.
The 34-year-old suspect was charged in connection with the possession of child pornography and the recording of an identifiable person who was undressed. He was booked into the Shasta County Jail.
Hotspot for pedophiles
Child sexual abuse cases and child pornography cases are increasing day by day in California. Many citizens believe that the state has become a hotspot for pedophiles. Bryan Donley, another California man, was arrested on March 8 by the Missouri Highway Patrol on charges related to two counts of first-degree promoting child pornography and three counts of possessing child pornography. According to a report by the NewsTribune, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) informed the Highway Patrol of the incident after Microsoft detected two files of suspected child pornography were uploaded from an IP address belonging to Co-Mo Connect, an internet service provider, who later determined the address belonged to Donley.
Moreover, cases related to sexual child abuse are also increasing in schools. Recently, teacher Jacqueline Ma, who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old student, faced a 30-year sentence.