HOLBROOK, Ariz. — In early September, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Flagstaff and a multiagency task force arrested a northern Arizona man for sexual exploitation of a minor. This case was investigated by the Navajo County Major Crimes Apprehension Team with help from HSI special agents.
According to law enforcement officials, Joshuah Cruz Eberhart, 24, of Clay Springs, sent sexually explicit material involving a minor over the internet.
Officers and special agents conducted an extensive and thorough investigation resulting in numerous search warrants, which turned up enough evidence to arrest Eberhart.
On Aug. 22, a Navajo County grand jury issued 11 indictments on sex-related charges. He is currently being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond for the first charge and a $2,500 secured bond for the other 10 counts.
“The partnership between the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations was critical to the successful investigation, charging and removal of this child predator in our community,” said Sheriff David M. Clouse.
For more information about HSI’s efforts to protect children from sexual predators, visit ice.gov/topics/iGuardians.
To report suspicious activity, call 787-729-6969.
The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 6,000 special agents assigned to 237 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’ largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.