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Authorities suspect more child victims


Last updated 3/16/2021 at 12:47pm

Mauricio Matestic

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office (EPSO) recently announced the arrest of 19-year-old Mauricio Matestic on multiple charges, including sexual exploitation of a child. Now, they are looking for more potential victims.

In February, EPSO initiated a criminal investigation into numerous reports of the selling of illegal firearms. During the investigation, Matestic – the suspect – was found with multiple images and videos of child pornography.

Members of EPSO's Tactical Support Unit arrested Matestic, and he was booked into the El Paso County Jail on the exploitation charge, with more charges pending.

"We are actively seeking additional information involving criminal information, including potential unreported incidences involving the suspect," an EPSO spokespersons aid.

In this case, Matestic met some of his victims by selling items and communicating with them via Snapchat. If anyone has any information or was a victim of Matestic, please call the Patrol Tip Line, 719-520-7777, or contact Deputy Dan Carey, 719-474-9342, and reference case number 2021-00000112.


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