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5:21 pm
Mon July 19, 2010

Las Cruces Man Arrested In Boston On Child Porn Charges

Las Cruces – A multi-agency investigation headed by the Las Cruces Police Department - using technology to combat cybersex crimes against children - has led to Monday morning's arrest of a 74-year-old man on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

David Rounbehler, of the 4300 block of Del Prado Way in Las Cruces, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Monday, July 19, in Boston, Mass. Rounbehler is charged with seven counts each of possessing and distributing images related to sexual exploitation of a child.

On April 30 Las Cruces police learned that Rounbehler was trafficking child pornography via the Internet. Working in conjunction with agents and deputies from the Las Cruces offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service, investigators initiated a search warrant on Rounbehler's home on June 8, 2010, and verified the existence of the sexually explicit images and videos on his computers.

Investigators also found several photos of children that were taken at his home, in his neighborhood and around Las Cruces. Investigators are unaware of any victims locally but are asking for anyone with suspicions that they, or a family member, may have been victimized to call police.

Sometime after June 8 Rounbehler and his wife put their Del Prado Way home on the market, sold their vehicle, changed telephone numbers and travelled to Boston. Deputies from the U.S. Marshals Service tracked Rounbehler to Boston and, after hours of surveillance, took him into custody early Monday morning.

Rounbehler is being held on a $1 million bond and is expected to be extradited back to Las Cruces for prosecution.