Morongo Valley, CA: Man arrested for contacting a 12 year old New Hampshire girl for sexual acts.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, on Monday, August 31st, 2015, detectives from Specialized Investigations Division – Crimes Against Children Detail were contacted by Derry Police Department in New Hampshire regarding a 12 year old female receiving lewd photographs and messages from an adult male, 20 year old Christopher Michael Pate who lives in Morongo Valley, California.
Crimes Against Children detectives initiated an internet crimes investigation and learned Pate was conversing with the victim using various social media sites.
Christopher Michael Pate emailed nude photographs to the victim and elicited similar photographs from the victim.
Christopher Michael Pate also arranged to meet the victim at a waterpark located at 1500 South Gene Autry Trail in Palm Springs, California for the purposes of having sex and other lewd acts.
Detectives collaborated with Derry Police Department, Palm Springs Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station, and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office, they obtained an arrest warrant for Christopher Michael Pate.
Christopher Michael Pate arrived at the waterpark at the arranged meeting time in an older model Plymouth Voyager mini-van with items indicating he intended to complete the sex acts.
Palm Springs Police Department arrested Christopher Michael Pate for the warrant in the parking lot of the waterpark.
Deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station took custody of Christopher Michael Pate and returned him to San Bernardino County for interviews and booking.
A search warrant was served on Christopher Michael Pate’s home at the 9000 Block of Ole Street in Morongo Valley, California, and on his mini-van.
Additional items were seized by detectives as evidence of the crime.
Christopher Michael Pate was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail Facility for violation of Penal Codes 288.4(B), Contact Minor with Intent to Commit Sexual Acts and 311.4(C), Elicit Obscene Matter.
Christopher Michael Pate is being held in lieu of $225,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon in Morongo Basin Superior Court.
Detectives are releasing the booking photo of Christopher Michael Pate as they believe there may be additional victims.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective John Everman or Sergeant Dana Foster at Crimes Against Children Detail at: 1 (909) 387-3615.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at: 1 (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or on the We-Tip Hotline online at: http://www.wetip.com
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