CLEWISTON — On Dec. 1, 2021, Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime Unit Detectives placed Genesis Chavez, 20, under arrest on 31 counts of possession of child pornography with intent to distribute and 31 counts of transmission of pornography by electronic device.
The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit along with the Clewiston Police Department conducted a seven month long investigation involving child pornography.
On April 13, the Clewiston Police Department enlisted the assistance of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit when they received a complaint from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit out of Broward County which indicated child pornography was being downloaded/uploaded from the residence of Genesis Chavez within Clewiston, Hendry County.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2021, members of the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the residence. This investigation was initiated with information received from the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) and provided to us by the Clewiston Police Department. The information received from ICAC indicated the illegal use of computers and alleged possession and/or distribution of sexual images of children were being generated from this residence.
Electronic devices were confiscated and sent for forensic review by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).
Once receiving and reviewing all the electronic communications to include images and videos from email and social media accounts, Chavez was taken into custody at her home.
Chavez is currently being held in the Hendry County Jail on $310,000 bond.