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Palm Desert Police Arrest Man for "Exploiting a Minor"

Deputies from the Palm Desert sheriff's station took David Roman, 34, into custody in Cathedral City when he arrived at a home to meet with a minor.

A Hemet man who allegedly sent explicit material to a minor was collared in Cathedral City by Palm Desert deputies when he allegedly went to meet the child, sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Deputies from the Palm Desert sheriff's station took David Roman, 34, into custody in Cathedral City when he arrived at a home in the 33500 block of Date Palm Drive.

The arrest was made at about 3 p.m., according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Brad Farwell.

"During the course of the investigation, it was discovered Roman was communicating with a minor and sending the minor sexually explicit material," Farwell said.  "Roman arranged to meet the minor and was subsequently arrested by law enforcement who were conducting surveillance on Roman." 

It was unclear how deputies learned about the suspect and the child but he did have a felony warrant out for him from Arizona for being a fugitive, the sergeant said.

The suspect was booked into the Indio jail on felony charges of contacting a minor to commit a felony, according to jail records.  His bail was set at $30,000.

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