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Suspect arrested for sexual assault on a child

Released on Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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A Fort Collins man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a child he met on social media.

Abraham Carranza-Estrada, 23, was arrested on charges of Sexual Assault on a Child (class 4 felony), Enticement of a Child (class 4 felony), and Sexual Exploitation of a Child (class 5 felony).

In April 2020, the victim came to Fort Collins to visit family. During this time, she met Carranza-Estrada through social media. He arranged to meet the victim in person on several occasions and sexually assaulted her. Carranza-Estrada also convinced the victim to send him sexually explicit photos.

After a lengthy investigation, Carranza-Estrada was arrested on September 17, 2020 and booked into the Larimer County Jail. A booking photo is attached courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

“Unfortunately, we investigate a lot of cases that start with social media,” said Sergeant Heather Moore, who leads the Crimes Against Persons Unit. “Sexual predators often use grooming behaviors to earn trust, create a false sense of intimacy, then engage in damaging acts with long-term impacts.”

Police are concerned that additional victims may exist. Anyone with information, who has not already spoken to police, is asked to contact Detective Laura Knudsen at 970-416-2771. People may also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Fort Collins Police Services offers free Internet Safety presentations to help parents, caregivers, and adolescents navigate social media and avoid online dangers. The next session will be held virtually on October 6, 2020 from 5:30—7:00 p.m. For more information and a link to attend, visit www.fcgov.com/police.