1.Child Pornography – On April 14, 2020, 60-year-old Martin Palumbo from Camp Verde, was arrested for 6 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. He was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center and has since been released on a $10,000 bond.
Background – Based on information received from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force and the Camp Verde Marshall’s Office in March of this year, YCSO detectives began attempting to identify a person downloading/sharing pornographic images of children. The images involved children, some under the estimated age of 10, engaged in sexual activity.
A forensic search of identification factors previously provided lead to an address on Reeves Area Road in Camp Verde. Verification through public records resulted in Palumbo’s name as a resident. A search warrant was sought and granted, and Palumbo was contacted at his home on April 14, 2020. A damaged laptop was found in the house which Palumbo eventually admitted breaking knowing the child pornography images stored on the computer would land him in jail.
Detectives were able to extract 6 images off the laptop all involving minors engaged in sexual activity/positions.
Please note – ‘The production of child pornography creates a permanent record of a child’s sexual abuse. When these images are placed on the Internet and disseminated online, the victimization of the children continues in perpetuity. Experts and victims agree that victims depicted in child pornography often suffer a lifetime of re-victimization by knowing the images of their sexual abuse are on the Internet forever. The children exploited in these images must live with the permanency, longevity, and circulation of such a record of their sexual victimization. This often creates lasting psychological damage to the child, including disruptions in sexual development, self-image, and developing trusting relationships with others in the future.
…. Furthermore, victims of child pornography suffer not just from the sexual abuse inflicted upon them to produce child pornography, but also from knowing that their images can be traded and viewed by others worldwide. Once an image is on the Internet, it is irretrievable and can continue to circulate forever. The permanent record of a child´s sexual abuse can alter his or her live forever. Many victims of child pornography suffer from feelings of helplessness, fear, humiliation, and lack of control given that their images are available for others to view in perpetuity.’ Copied from https://www.justice.gov/criminal-ceos/child-pornography.
2. Burglary, Immediate follow-up results in an arrest and property recovered – On April 15, 2020, deputies were dispatched to the 23000 block of North State Route 89 in Paulden, regarding the burglary of a storage space. The victim told deputies that he discovered multiple items and boxes missing which included valuable and sentimental collectables. Deputies were shown a plywood panel which was removed allowing access to his storage space from an adjoining storage space. When the victim looked into the adjoining storage space, he saw one of his uniquely marked boxes inside. The estimated loss of all the property was $5000.
Deputies contacted the storage unit manager and were provided ownership information for the storage space adjacent to the victim’s space. The owner was identified as 38-year-old Rebecca Reynolds who resides in the 23300 block of North State Route 89, Paulden. Deputies looked inside a vehicle belonging to Reynolds parked on the property and saw what appeared to be one of the victim’s boxes. Reynolds arrived a short time later after responding to a phone call from the deputy. When confronted about the theft of boxes, she initially denied any involvement and blamed another party. As deputies were going to speak to this other person, Reynolds admitted she was the thief acknowledging pushing apart the plywood divider between their storage units to gain access to the victim’s property.
Deputies assisted the victim by recovering his stolen items from the suspect’s storage space and vehicles parked on her property. Reynolds was arrested for one count of Burglary and booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center. She has since been release pending court action.
Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260
or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov