A Martinsville man was arrested recently in connection with an investigation by the Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SOVA ICAC).

Major Eric Winn of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office said in an email: "We received information from authorities in Bedford County regarding a wanted individual, Carlos Vasquez Del Cid, 33, of 1023 Askin Street, Martinsville…. Del Cid was located in Henry County and taken into custody. He was transferred to the custody of Bedford County authorities…. We arrested him for possession, reproduction, distribution, solicitation, and facilitation of child pornography; and use of communications systems to facilitate certain offenses involving children."

A search warrant and related documents filed in Martinsville Circuit Court indicate that a search was conducted at 1023 Askin Street, Martinsville, in search of: "any device, computer, cell phone, electronic media device capable of storing, sending, receiving any digital files, digital images, and video files dealing with the exploitations of children under the age of 18. Any ledger that may contain passwords, account information, user names, or any other information used to document illegal activity."

A search inventory indicates these items were seized: "3 assorted CDs/DVDs; 1 L.G. cell phone/media device; 1 Boost Mobile ZTE; 1 white older ‘I’ phone’; 1 Blk cell phone."

An affidavit sworn to by Rodney Brisentine, a SOVA ICAC investigator, alleges the following:

—On March 7, Brisentine was made aware of a subject by the name of Carlos Delcid, who was attempting to contact 13-14-year-old females to have a relationship with them.

—On March 21, Brisentine, using an undercover account of a 14-year-old female, was contacted via Facebook Messenger by the user name of Carlos Delcid, a man 33 years old.

"Delcid was made aware of my (Brisentine’s) persona’s age and did not break (off) communications. He mentioned after finding out my persona’s age, that he wanted to be my boyfriend," Brisentine stated in the affidavit.

—Between March 21 and March 28, during text message chats, Delcid at various times allegedly either sent explicit images of himself to Brisentine’s persona or requested explicit images of Brisentine’s persona. Delcid also allegedly proposed to have sex.

During one conversation, Brisentine was able to get a "female Deputy within our office to call him from a recorded line. During the phone conversation it was reiterated, ‘she was getting home from school, and waiting on mom to get home,’ and that ‘she didn’t have a license because she was only 14,’" Brisentine stated in the affidavit.

—Brisentine is a sworn law enforcement officer with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office assigned to SOVA ICAC. He has been a certified law enforcement officer for 11.5 years and has been assigned to SOVA ICAC since February 2012. Since being assigned to the task force, he has had more than 200 hours of training in the field of child exploitation. He has conducted multiple investigations, which led to arrests of suspects.

Brisentine could not be reached on Thursday.

According to online court records, Carlos Vasquez Del Cid is scheduled for arraignment in Bedford General District Court on April 20, with a preliminary hearing set for June 22.

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