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Police: Youth soccer referee arrested for sharing child porn

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    TPDRyan Van Dyck

The Tucson Police Department arrested a Tucson man on Tuesday for sexual exploitation of a minor, authorities said.

The suspect, 29-year-old Ryan Van Dyck, was booked into Pima County Jail, a TPD spokesman said in a news release.

In July, TPD received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a person in the Tucson area was sharing child pornography on the Internet, Sgt. Chris Widmer said.

An investigation led detectives to a house in the 3000 block of West Sun Ranch Trail, near West Overton and North Shannon roads. They served a search warrant at the home on Tuesday with back up from U.S. marshals, Widmer said.

During the search, detectives found evidence that implicated Van Dyck as the suspect involved in downloading and sharing child pornography, Widmer said.

Van Dyck was a youth soccer referee and tournament organizer for the Pima County Soccer League, the Soccer Federation Referee Program and the Arizona Interscholastic Association, Widmer said.

Van Dyck also advertised piano lessons for children 6-14 years olds while running a landscaping business, Widmer said.

Correction: Based on information provided by TPD, an earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the name of an organization Van Dyck was associated with. The correct name of the organization is the Arizona Interscholastic Association.


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