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Palm Desert Station

Posted on: April 13, 2020

Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Lewd or Lascivious Acts with a Child
Station Area:Thousand Palms
Written Date:April 13, 2020Time:11:00 AM
Incident Date:March, 28, 2020Time:7:31 AM
Incident Location:72-000 block of Varner Road, Thousand Palms
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Jose Tijerina
File Number(s):R200910003


On Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:31 AM, Deputies from the Palm Desert Sheriff Station, responded to the 72-000 block of Varner Road, Thousand Palms, regarding a runaway juvenile under the age of 14 years old being located.  The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) responded and assumed the investigation.

During the investigation, it was learned the suspect, later identified as Elogio Arredondo, 40 of Morongo Valley, was having a sexual relationship with a juvenile under the age of 14 years old.  Prior to deputies arrival, Arredondo had fled the scene.

On April 11, 2020, Bell Gardens Police Department arrested Arredondo in their city.  Arredondo was released to RCAHT Task Force and transported to the county jail in Riverside where he was booked for lewd or lascivious acts with a child.

The Riverside County Sheriff Department is asking anyone with additional information to contact RCAHT Task Force Investigator Julio Oseguera at (760) 836-1600 or call anonymously at (760) 341-STOP (7867) and reference incident # R200910003.

Elogio Arredondo

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in 2010 to address crimes involving the exploitation of victims via force, fraud, or coercion. These cases often involve the commercial sex trafficking of children, as well as incidents of forced labor, indentured servitude, debt bondage, or slavery. The RCAHT Task Force is a multidisciplinary task force that combines the investigative resources of both local and federal law enforcement. 

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