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      New criminal charges for Harlingen child porn suspect

      Ray Gonzalez // Cameron County Sheriff Department

      Authorities have filed new criminal charges against a man who allegedly had sexually explicit photos of his underage girlfriend.

      Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested 30-year-old Ray Gonzalez on a sexual assault of a child charge over the weekend.

      Gonzalez is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl.

      Harlingen police arrested Gonzalez on a child pornography charge following a traffic stop by a state trooper back in March.

      The state trooper allegedly found sexually explicit images of the same 16-year-old girl on Gonzalez's cell phone and turned the case over to Harlingen police.

      Court records filed in the original case shows that Gonzalez met the girl through a "party-line" telephone chat service and that she lied about her age.

      The girl later told investigators that she had sex with Gonzalez at a home on Norma Lane just outside Harlingen city limits prompting a sheriff's department investigation.

      Gonzalez was released from the Cameron County Jail after posting a $25,000 dollar bond.

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