Mid-morning, Aug. 15, investigators and officers with Riverside County’s multi-agency Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (SAFE) Task Force went to a home in the 39000 block of Bautista Road in Anza, to check on a parolee and registered sex offender believed to be living there.
Investigators located the man, Jeral Steven Cooley, 30, and also found more than 75 images of child pornography in Cooley’s possession. Cooley was arrested on felony charges of possession of child pornography and for violating the terms and conditions of his parole.
He was booked at the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility.
In 2007, Cooley was arrested on a similar charge, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
The SAFE Task Force is a collaboration of multi-disciplined law enforcement agencies focused on reducing incidents of sexual assault countywide by means of comprehensive registered sex offender monitoring and enforcement.
Inquiries regarding this action can be referred to the SAFE Task Force director, Commander Jose Rodriguez of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office (Bureau of Investigation), at (760) 863-8710. For more information on the SAFE Task Force mission and its operations, visit www.rivcosafe.org.