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Child Porn Suspects Arrested After Feds Post Photos

ICE(WASHINGTON) -- Special Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement identified and arrested two suspects in a child pornography case less than 24 hours after releasing photos of the alleged abusers to get the public's help in finding them.

Federal agents and officers of the Los Angeles Police Department took Letha Mae Montemayor, 52, into custody on Thursday night after identifying her by both her facial appearance and her tattoos, which were present in the photographs depicting alleged child abuse. Montemayor was arrested hours after ICE placed photos of "Jane Doe" online.

ICE officials say the incriminating photos of the suspect had been widely circulated and are believed to have been taken approximately 11 years ago. According to court records, the photos depict the suspect and an unidentified male allegedly abusing a young girl believed by authorities to be about 13 years old.

The images first surfaced in a 2007 investigation by ICE agents in Chicago, but agents had run out of leads to identify the alleged perpetrators and their victim before asking for the public's help.

On Friday afternoon, 43-year-old Lance Robert Fries of Tucson was taken into custody at his attorney's Arizona office by special agents with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Fries faces potential federal charges of production of child pornography and is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court Monday.

His arrest came after HSI released photographs Thursday of an unidentified man sought in connection with a child pornography case that involved the sexual exploitation of a pre-pubescent boy by an adult male. The images were first discovered in 2006.

At 11:15 p.m. Thursday, HSI special agents received a call to the ICE Tip Line regarding the suspect's possible identity.

Investigators were also able to identify the victim and confirm that the boy is now safe.

"This is truly a remarkable turn of events and it again demonstrates the collective power that can be brought to bear when law enforcement and the public team up to combat the sexual exploitation of children," said ICE Director John Morton. "Those who produce and trade child pornography over the Internet believe they're protected by the anonymity of cyberspace. Through our collective efforts, we're proving these predators wrong and gaining justice for their innocent victims."

ICE is still seeking help in identifying two additional John Does suspected of sexually abusing young children. Those suspects, whose photos were also released Thursday, are still at large.

In December, less than 24 hours after asking for the public's help in identifying and arresting another "Jane Doe" suspected of producing child pornography, federal officials arrested a suspect and rescued a child who was allegedly shown in an exploitative video.

Corrine Danielle Motley of Okaloosa County, Florida, faces federal charges for the production and distribution of child pornography. Motley, 25, was arrested on Dec. 19 by Northwest Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force members and Homeland Security Investigations special agents.

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