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Orangevale man accused of distributing child pornography

An Orangevale man was arrested Friday, accused of offenses involving child pornography.

A federal grand jury in Sacramento on Thursday returned a four-count indictment charging Dennis Boyle, 52, with distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Boyle pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday. Federal authorities said he remains in custody and a detention hearing is scheduled Thursday.

According to court documents, law enforcement agents identified a user on a messenger service who was offering videos of child pornography in an online chat room. The investigation led to Boyle’s residence.

Between August and October of 2015, Boyle allegedly distributed and received depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Boyle is accused of obstructing justice when he allegedly attempted to persuade a friend to delete electronic evidence stored on a laptop computer and on remote servers.

The case resulted from an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy