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Van Buren deputy helps break child pornography case

VAN BUREN — Investigative work by a Van Buren County sheriff’s deputy helped break open a case that resulted in the San Antonio FBI Child Exploitation Task Force arresting a San Antonio man for production and receipt of child pornography.

Francisco Govea Tristan III, 21, remains in federal custody after he was arrested July 18, according to U.S. Attorney John F. Bash, FBI Special Agent in charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

According to a federal criminal complaint that was unsealed July 19, the investigation began after the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa, alleging the sexual exploitation of a minor Iowa female. The guardians of a minor female reported to local authorities in Iowa (Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office) that they found sexually explicit photos and videos on the minor’s cellphone which were sent and received using her device. The guardians also reported finding sexually explicit conversations between the minor female and an individual named “Frankie Tristan.”

According to the Van Buren Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Adam McIntyre did an extensive investigation that led authorities to Tristan. Texas authorities were contacted, which referred the case to San Antonio FBI Child Exploitation Task Force to pursue as a joint investigation. During the course of the investigation, task force officers examined the defendant’s cellphone which revealed the presence of child pornography.

The sheriff’s office commended Deputy McIntyre on his investigation.

The charge of production and receipt of child pornography carries a minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in federal prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Thompson is prosecuting the case on behalf of the federal government.

All suspects are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.