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Suspect Arrested for Multiple Counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Chief Tyson Kerr-Sterling Police Department


In late 2023, Sterling Police began investigating Cybertips from the National Center for

Missing and Endangered Children (NCMEC) indicating that an individual in the Sterling

area had recently uploaded images of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). A subsequent

investigation over the next several months identified the suspect as Benjamin Levi Ruiz of

Sterling. Ruiz is known to investigators as a felon who had been previously convicted of

the sexual exploitation of children.


Further investigation led investigators to obtain a search warrant for 501 State Street in

Sterling. On March 22, 2024, an operation was conducted to serve the search warrant

utilizing the Sterling Police Department Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) and Sterling

Police investigators. At the outset of the operation, Ruiz ran from officers and was

subsequently arrested for obstruction. The search warrant was executed, and numerous

electronic devices were seized. On March 26, 2024, an arrest warrant was obtained for

Ruiz.


On March 27, 2024, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the Sterling Police Department S.E.T. team

was again utilized to serve an additional search warrant at 501 State St., where they

contacted and took Ruiz into custody without incident.


This identified suspect has been arrested and charged with the following:

1. Benjamin Levi Ruiz D.O.B. 07/23/1988

 C.R.S 18-6-403(3)(b) Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Distribution) 4 Counts - F3

 C.R.S 18-6-403(3)(b.5)(I) Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Images) 70 Counts - F4

 C.R.S 18-6-403(3)(b.5)(II) Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Videos) 30 Counts - F4


As this investigation continues, more charges are expected.

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