UC man arrested on charge of sexual exploitation of minor
Posted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:03 pm
A Union City man who had been jailed on charges pertaining to filming women without their consent has now been arrested for alleged sexual exploitation of a minor.
Richard Alexander Herrera, 40, of 615 East Vine St., Union City, was arrested at 4:05 p.m. Tuesday at the Obion County Law Enforcement Complex on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a Union City Police Department report.
The Class B felony charge was levied following an ongoing investigation and the review of over 1,200 photos taken from Herrera’s computers in the period of August and September 2009.
Police reported they discovered 715 of the images meet the guidelines to be charged under the code for sexual exploitation of a minor. The photos appear to be females younger than 18 years of age, although the origins of the photos are not known at this time, according to the report.
Herrera had been sentenced in February after being found guilty in January in Obion County Circuit Court on several charges — including criminal attempt to commit unlawful photographing, sexual battery, criminal attempt to commit sexual battery and unlawful photographing — relating to the alleged filming of women without their consent.
Herrera was charged in August 2009 after Union City police allegedly discovered digital media showing videos of victims being filmed without their consent. He waived several of the charges over to the grand jury in late August during a preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court. At that time, 14 charges of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy were dismissed by the state, while four additional charges of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy and other charges that included sexual battery and attempted sexual battery were waived to the grand jury.
The sexual battery and attempted sexual battery charges stemmed from a July 10, 2009, incident at Walmart, where Herrera was accused of inappropriately touching a woman. The charges also included unlawful photographing due to Herrera’s allegedly using a digital device to photograph under the victim’s skirt. A separate incident at Walmart on Aug. 14, 2009, led to charges of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy, police reported.
The additional charges of unlawful photographing in violation of privacy stem from a search warrant conducted at Herrera’s residence. During the search, police found digital media which allegedly showed videos of victims being filmed without their consent.
Published in The Messenger 5.12.10