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Chico man arrested for possession of child pornography

A Chico man is now facing charges of possessing over 600 images of child pornography, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Dec 17, 2020 3:29 PM

CHICO, Calif. – A Chico man is now facing charges of possessing over 600 images of child pornography, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office.

Earlier this year, Butte County Sheriff’s detectives said they began investigating 36-year-old Robert Ridgley, of Chico. During the investigation, detectives said they located evidence indicating Ridgley was downloading child pornography. On Dec. 15, detectives served a search warrant at Ridgley’s residence, located in the 200 block of East Lassen Avenue, Chico.

During the search warrant, detectives said they seized multiple electronic devices that belonged to Ridgley. Detectives later conducted forensic searches of the electronic devices and located multiple images of child pornography. There was also evidence indicating Ridgley was the one who downloaded the child pornography.

On Dec. 16, detectives said they arrested Ridgley for a felony count of possessing over 600 images of child pornography. He was booked into the Butte County Jail on Wednesday afternoon.

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