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Surprise Police Department Police Department
14250 W. Statler Plaza
Surprise, Arizona 85374
Office 623.222.4000
Fax 623.222.4008
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For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Sergeant Mark Ortega
Public Information Officer
Police Non-Emergency: 623 222-4000

Police Arrest Man for Child Pornography 

SURPRISE, Ariz. (August 26, 2011)… On August 25, 2011, Surprise Police Detectives arrested Stephen Robert Van De Vanter, age 42, of Surprise AZ, for sexual exploitation of a minor.  Police were initially called on June 30, 2011, by Van De Vanter’s roommate and her son who found numerous files on the family computer containing sexually explicit photos and videos of underage children.  A warrant was issued and the computer was seized by Surprise Police Detectives.  Evidence garnered from the forensic investigation of the computer was presented to a Maricopa County Grand Jury.  On August 25, 2011, Van De Vanter was served with an arrest warrant and taken into custody at a friend’s home at the 13300 block of West Boca Raton Drive, Surprise AZ.  Van De Vanter, was transported and booked into the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail and charged with six (6) counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.