Second Suspect Arrested in Child Porn Case: ICE

Lance Fries, 43, was arrested Friday afternoon in Arizona in connection with a child pornography case in Oregon

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Jan 5, 2013  |  Updated 10:17 AM PDT
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Lance Fries, 43, was arrested Friday in Arizona.

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A suspect was arrested in Arizona Friday night in connection with a widely publicized child sex-abuse case.

According to ICE and Homeland Security Investigation agents, Lance Fries, 43, of Tucson, Ariz., was arrested without incident Friday afternoon.

Fries, formerly dubbed "John Doe" by investigators, faces federal charges in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a young boy and the production of child pornography in Portland, said ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice.

He’s expected in federal court on Monday, officials said.

Fries’ arrest comes on the heels of the arrest of another suspect allegedly connected to a child porn and sexual assault case that happened in 11 years ago in Los Angeles.

Letha Montemayor, 52, was taken into custody Thursday night in the San Fernando Valley. She was previously dubbed "Jane Doe" by investigators who believe she was involved in the repeated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl. The assault was filmed and photographs depicting the abuse were "widely distributed online," according to ICE agents.

Both arrests were made less than 24 hours after federal authorities made a national announcement to the public for leads in three unsolved child pornography cases.

The cases are part of “Operation Sunflower,” a massive child predator sweep launched by the HSI two months ago directed at seeking justice for child abuse victims. On Thursday, the HSI released photographs of the suspects wanted in these particular cases.

Operation Sunflower has resulted in nearly 250 arrests of suspects in the U.S. and abroad, ICE agents said.

Seven of those arrests were made in San Diego, including the arrest of former Chula Vista teacher John Kinloch, 41, who's facing charges of child pornography and molestation.

With these latest arrests under their belts, ICE agents are crediting the power of the public.

"This is truly a remarkable turn of events and it again demonstrates the collective power that can be brought to bear when law enforcement and the public team up to combat the sexual exploitation of children," said ICE Director John Morton. "Those who produce and trade child pornography over the Internet believe they're protected by the anonymity of cyberspace. Through our collective efforts, we're proving these predators wrong and gaining justice for their innocent victims."

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