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Police say that an Arkansas man recorded himself raping a 7-year-old boy and said he did it because he was "curious," according to a Thursday Law & Crime report.
According to the report, 18-year-old Noel Bonilla-Jiminez of Benton County was arrested on suspicion of two counts of rape involving a victim under the age of 14 as well as other related charges.
What are the details?
Bonilla-Jiminez was taken into custody on Saturday following a monthlong investigation into his purported online behavior.
According to the report, officers with the Rogers Police Department between the months of June and November received several tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding "suspicious material being uploaded by a social media user."
Among the disturbing tips was one particular video in which a male child believed to be between the ages of 5 and 6 years old was seen "masturbating [Bonilla-Jiminez] and giving him oral sex."
Authorities investigated the tip, which was sent by an anonymous woman who told authorities that she met the suspect at work and exchanged Snapchat information.
The woman said that she began following Bonilla-Jiminez and noticed concerning information on his Snapchat page including "videos that appeared to show the defendant receiving a sex act from 'a prepubescent male.'"
According to the report, authorities viewed the video and confirmed the adult in the video was Bonilla-Jiminez after speaking to the suspect's mother.
The unnamed woman confirmed that the suspect was her son and that the video appeared to have been filmed in the family bathroom.
Authorities quickly arrested the suspect, who initially denied knowing the child in the video.
He eventually was said to have confessed to the rape and reportedly admitted that he had sexual encounters with the child approximately three times.
"Noel told me that he had John Doe-8 perform oral sex on him because he (Noel) was curious," an arrest affidavit stated. "Noel stated he was not attracted to children and he would not offend on another child."
Bonilla-Jiminez stated that the videos were several years old and that he hadn't had any contact with the victim for approximately four to five years.
The affidavit added, "John Doe-8 was later interviewed at the Children’s Advocacy Center and he did not disclose any sexual abuse. When the interviewer asked about seeing a video with him in it, John Doe-8 began to cry and said he wanted to leave the room.”
Following the interview, John Doe-8's mother confirmed that it was her son — who is just 8 years old — in the video and that the incident took place when the child was seven. Police believe the suspect was 17 years old when the boy was raped, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported on Wednesday.
Bonilla-Jiminez also stands accused of using a computer to exploit a child as well as two counts of possessing, distributing, and viewing child pornography.
Bonilla-Jimenez remains incarcerated at the Benton County Detention Center at this time on a $250,000 bond.
He is set to appear in court on March 17.
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