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      Sailor Arrested For Child Porn, Pimping 17-Year-Old Girl

      Police have arrested a U.S. Navy petty officer for child pornography charges and pimping a 17-year-old girl, the Porterville Police Department said.{}

      Police say Charles Ray Benavidez, 32, who was stationed at Lemoore Naval Air base, traveled to Porterville where he engaged in a sexual acts with the 17-year-old girl. Police say Benavidez also coerced the 17-year-old girl into having sex with multiple men in Porterville and Lemoore.

      Several of the encounters were videotaped by Benavidez and some of the men, police said.

      A search warrant issued at Benavidez's Lemoore home revealed child pornography and marijuana, police said.

      Benavidez, who was not at home at the time the warrant was served, was arrested on the navy base.

      He was booked into the Tulare County Main Jail.

      Detectives are also seeking charges for sexual trafficking of a child.

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