PHOENIX -- A Phoenix man who is already a registered sex offender faces nearly a dozen new felony charges of sexual exploitation of a minor after investigators discovered a cache of child pornography in his apartment.
The arrest of Christopher Michael Regenold started with a tip from federal agents in the San Jose, Calif. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Team.
Based on that information, detectives with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) served a search warrant on Regenold's home in the area of 13th and Grand avenues Thursday morning.
While the search, which turned up "numerous items of child pornography, including still photographs and videos," was underway, officers arrested Regenold, 48, at his workplace and escorted him home.
According to court paperwork, Regenold used a Yahoo email account to send about 60 pornographic images to other email accounts on Feb. 26. He told officers that although he deleted the images from the computer "a couple of weeks ago," there were probably still in his email.
"He admitted that he had images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors and that he knew it was wrong," Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department wrote in a news release. "Regenold is a registered sex offender who served a sentence in the Arizona Department of Corrections for Luring a Minor for Sexual Exploitation in 2005."
According to ADOC records, Regenold was released from prison in September 2011 after serving a little more than three years on that conviction.
In addition to the pornography at his apartment, police also found correspondence between Regenold and women in Japan and the Philippines. Thompson said in those letters, Regenold asked the women to come visit him so he could learn their language. Regenold also asked the women to send him photos of their young children.
"Several of those pictures were found, but none of them were pornographic," Thompson said.
Regenold was booked on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, which is a class 2 felony. Although arresting officers recommended Regenold be held without bond, a judge set a secured appearance bond at $36,000 and required both supervision by the Pretrial Services Agency and electronic monitoring should he post and be released.
Regenold is due back in court for a status conference on March 27 and a preliminary hearing on March 31.
Created in 1998, the ICAC program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.
Anyone who may have information about Regenold and the allegations against him is encouraged to call the Internet Crimes Against Children Detail at 623-466-1828 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (948-6377) or 1-800343-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers may call 480-TESTIGO (837-8446).