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Chico man arrested on child pornography possession charges

A 29-year-old Chico man was arrested after the Butte County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) said they found evidence indicating he was downloading child pornography.

Posted: Dec 22, 2020 11:00 AM

CHICO, Calif. – A 29-year-old Chico man was arrested after the Butte County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) said they found evidence indicating he was downloading child pornography.

BCSO said they started investigating Curtis Scholar, of Chico, earlier in 2020. On Dec. 16, detectives said they served a search warrant at Scholar's residence, located in the 1600 block of Filbert Avenue in Chico.

During the search warrant, detectives said they seized multiple electronic devices that belonged to Scholar. They later conducted forensic searches of the electronic devices and located multiple images of child pornography. Evidence also indicated Scholar was the one who downloaded the child pornography.

On Dec. 21, detectives contacted Scholar and placed him under arrest for a felony count of possessing child pornography, according to BCSO. Scholar was booked into the Butte County Jail on Monday morning. However, Scholar later posted bail and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Butte County Superior Court on March 12, 2021, at 3 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with additional information about this investigation to contact Detective Mary Barker at 530-538-7671.

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