A 20-year-old Florida man faces nearly 200 felony charges for filming himself having sex with his pet dog and possessing hundreds of child sex abuse photos and videos .
Juan Yap Rivera Jr. was arrested last Tuesday on 186 counts, including six counts of having sexual contact with an animal, 79 counts of filming, distributing or possessing images or videos of sexual activity with an animal, and 101 counts. possession of child pornography (10 or more images and content of images), court records reviewed by Law&Crime show.
Rivera is a resident of Wimauma, which is located about 30 miles southeast of Tampa.
According to a press release from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, investigators began investigating Rivera after receiving a cyber tip regarding his alleged illegal criminal activity. A team of investigators followed up on the tip and deputies found a plethora of disturbing images and videos on his personal electronic devices, the statement said.
Investigators say they took possession of Rivera’s cellphone and discovered “graphic images and videos showing minors engaging in sexual activity and bestiality.” Along with the child sexual abuse material, investigators say they also found “images of his pet dog engaging in sexual acts with him.”
After the photos and videos were discovered, deputies seized Rivera’s phone as part of the investigation, the statement said. They could have determined that Rivera used social media app Snapchat and encrypted messaging app Telegram to find and store the images online.
“I want to commend our detectives for their tireless work in uncovering this case and bringing the perpetrator to justice,” Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement after the arrest. “This is a heinous case, and I would like to remind the community that we must continue to work together to prevent child exploitation and abuse. We must remain vigilant and report any suspicious behavior or activity to the forces. of the order.
The sheriff’s office stressed that the investigation into Rivera is ongoing and urged anyone with additional information regarding her case or any other known cases of child exploitation to contact investigators at 813-247-8200.
The case was assigned to 13th Circuit Criminal Court Judge Catherine M. Caitlin. A probable cause affidavit filed in the case against Rivera was redacted Monday afternoon for public release.
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