SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Sweetwater police arrested a 64-year-old man for the possession of child pornography. Now, investigators believe there could be more victims.


UPDATE

Sweetwater police updated charges against Chano Martinez Hernandez Thursday, after he was arrested earlier in the week for one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

According to SPD, these additional warrants and bonds have been set:

  • Possession with Intent to Promote Child Pornography – $75,000 bond
  • Indecency with a Child by Contact – $25,000 bond
  • Indecency with a Child by Exposure – $25,000 bond
  • Indecency with a Child by Contact – $75,000 bond
  • Indecency with a Child by Contact – $75,000 bond
  • Possession or Promotion of Lewd Visual Material Depicting a Child – $10,000
  • Sexual Performance by Child (Produce/ Direct/ Promote) – $25,000

The charges above are in addition to Hernandez’s original charge of Possession of Child Pornography with a $10,000 bond- bringing his total bond amount to $320,000.


ORIGINAL REPORT

In a press release, the Sweetwater Police Department (SPD) said a cell phone was found outside the Circle Drive Apartments on Wednesday, April 13. When the person who found the phone was trying to find out to whom it belonged, they found inappropriate pictures of a young child and turned the phone into SPD.

With a search warrant, SPD found multiple lewd photos of a 6-year-old including images of, “the
child’s genitals, the child partially clothed, and the child made to pose in a provocative manner.”

Police determined that the phone belonged to Chano Martinez Hernandez, 64, and got a warrant for his arrest the following day. That Friday, Hernandez was arrested with two other phones, which were seized by police to use as evidence.

On Sunday, police were informed of two more phones, one with lewd pictures of a different child.

SPD said Hernandez admitted in an interrogation, to sexual conduct with at least one child.

Hernandez is lodged in the Nolan County Jail, with a bond of $10,000, on one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

The accused could face additional charges, according to SPD, including the following:

  • Possession/Promotion of Lewd Visual Material Depicting a Child
  • Indecency with a Child by Exposure
  • Sexual Performance of a Child
  • Possession with Intent to Promote Child Pornography

Police in Sweetwater said they believe there could be more victims. If you believe you know of a potential victim, contact the Sweetwater Police Department at (325) 236-6686.