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Child porn suspect arrested after nationwide manhunt

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WASHINGTON, DC (FOX19) -

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) authorities say the nationwide manhunt for an unidentified man accused of producing child pornography, involving a 7 to 9-year-old girl, has come to an end.

David J. Stevens, 58, was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon in Salinas, California. Authorities also rescued the child victim identified in the case.

U.S. authorities first received four videos containing child pornography on May 3, 2013. The videos depicted the unidentified male with a young female engaged in sexually explicit acts. The information was first brought to HSI from law enforcement officers in Denmark.

HSI officials located and arrested Stevens following a tip from the public.

"When the HSI special agents investigating this case ran out of leads, we turned to the media and the general public for help," said ICE Director John Morton. "A day later, a tip from the public has led to the capture of an alleged predator and more importantly, the rescue of a child. I applaud our investigators, the media and the brave individual who provided critical information. Without the public's help we would not have solved this case."

Stevens made his initial appearance in federal court on Thursday.

To read the full criminal complaint, follow this link (WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC MATERIAL)http://bit.ly/13vY4kZ

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