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Shingletown man arrested for assaulting minor, possession of child pornography and meth

Officials with the Shasta County Sheriff's Office report the arrest of a Shingletown man after an investigation revealed he was sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy. The man was also found to be in possession of child pornography and meth.

Posted: May 9, 2020 11:38 AM
Updated: May 11, 2020 11:04 AM

SHINGLETOWN, Calif. - The Shasta County Sheriff's Office said the arrest of a Shingletown man comes after an investigation revealed he was sexually assaulting an 11-year-old boy. The man was also found to be in possession of child pornography and meth.

Deputies say that on Friday, May 8, detectives from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit executed an arrest/search warrant at 7250 Tahoe Lane in Shingletown.

Officials say an arrest warrant was issued for Abram Walsh, a 38-year-old male, from Shingletown. Walsh is a registered sex offender since 2013 for possession of child pornography.

According to officials, Walsh was arrested at his place of employment, Reed’s Market, without incident.

Officials say he was transported and booked into the Shasta County Jail for Lewd and Lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14, Possession of child pornography with a prior conviction and possession of methamphetamine, and is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

This incident stemmed from an ongoing investigation due to a Cyber-tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Deputies say Walsh was identified as being in possession of suspected child pornography from the Cyber-tip.

Officials say during the ongoing investigation, detectives learned Walsh was identified as a suspect in the sexual assault of an 11-year-old male child in the Shingletown area. Due to the nature of the case, and the charges, the child will not be identified.

Deputies say that during the search of Walsh’s residence, videos and hundreds of pictures of suspected child pornography were located.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation with evidence still being processed. If anyone has information regarding this investigation, they are encouraged to contact the Shasta County Major Crimes Unit at 530-245-6135 or by email at MCU@co.shasta.ca.us.

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