Local arrested for alleged sex crimes

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Anthony Michael Wood, 25, of Idyllwild, was arrested on Westridge Road on Nov. 14 for a variety of sex crimes. A felony settlement conference has been scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29.

The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office filed eight charges, to which he pleaded not guilty. These charges range from sexual acts with a child under age 10, lewd acts with a child under age 14, to inducing or coercing a minor to pose or model for pornography, and possessing child pornography. Some of these charges include acts which began in March 2012 and continued to this year.

Also, Wood was charged with false imprisonment of a Jane Doe from August 2016 through May 2017.

“The initial investigation involved the possible possession of child pornography,” said John Hall, public information officer for the DA. “During the investigation, [Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement] investigators believed there was possibly an actual child victim. Further investigation led to his being arrested and charged with sexual assault offenses involving a child under 10 years of age.”

Bail was set at $2 million.

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