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Registered Sex Offender Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

21 May 2019  
Child pornography found in the possession of registered sex offender.

Over recent weeks, a YCSO detective discovered evidence that 45-year-old Colby Strava, a registered sex offender from Rimrock, was in possession of child pornography. Earlier, Strava reported concerns to another law enforcement agency that he was being scammed. Strava claimed that after he emailed a nude photo of a woman, unknown suspects contacted him and attempted to extort him for possessing and sending the photo in the first place. The scammers, purporting to know the woman, claimed she was under age and demanded money or they would contact law enforcement with their information. This was later verified as a scam.

During this aspect of the investigation, Stava gave consent to download text messages. A video within the text messages was discovered containing images of a known pre-pubescent child victim as verified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Based on the evidence discovered, the detective obtained a search warrant for Strava’s home, vehicle, and cell phone.

On May 15, 2019, Strava was located during a traffic stop and arrested. His cell phone was collected and when searched, still had the video depicting a sex act involving a child. The investigation led to the search of 2 homes, one on Canal Circle in Camp Verde, and the other on Tonto Way in Rimrock. Items obtained from these homes, including laptop computers, gaming consoles, thumb drives, etc., are still under review and any new evidence could result in additional charges.

Strava was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on a charge of Possession and Distribution of Child Exploitation Material. He remains in-custody on a $10,000 bond.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

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Dwight D'Evelyn

Dwight D'Evelyn, YCSO Media Coordinator

Website: www.ycsoaz.gov