On Monday (11/2) at approximately 6:30 AM, Detectives with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Joseph Cruz, 40 of Kingman, for one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and four counts of Attempted Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, all felonies.
After a joint investigation with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Arkansas, Detectives with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office assumed the investigation due to Cruz living in our jurisdiction. Cruz had met the victim through social media, which resulted in a one year relationship with the 16 year old victim who resided
in Arkansas. During their relationship, Cruz requested and received nude photos and videos of the victim.
Cruz communicated with the victim through video chat, phone calls and text messages. After his arrest, a Search Warrant was executed on Cruz’s residence where electronic devices were seized and will be analyzed for additional evidence. During an interview with Detectives, Cruz admitted to his involvement in this investigation. Cruz was booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility on the above mentioned charges.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office is an active member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and reminds parents to monitor their children’s social media usage. The internet can be a wonderful tool, but it can also be a path for offenders to gain access to your children. It is recommended that parents limit their child’s social media presence, as well as maintain constant communication about the hazards of communicating with anyone online.