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DATE/TIME: January 30, 2020 / 9:00 p.m.

INCIDENT: Distribution of Pornography to a Minor

LOCATION: Twentynine Palms

SUSPECT: Xander Banda, 22-year-old male

VICTIM: Confidential – 13-year-old female

December 1, 2017, deputies from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’ station were dispatched to a report of a 20-year-old male sending pornography to a 13-year-old female. Sometime in September 2017, Xander Banda befriended the victim during a church event and shortly after, Banda began messaging the victim, requesting nude photographs from her. Both the victim and the suspect exchanged nude photographs via text messaging.

December 12, 2019, Detective Henry from the Morongo Basin Sheriff’s station completed the investigation and submitted it to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office for review and they issued a warrant for his arrest on July 30, 2019. Banda was arrested in Chicago, Illinois and was extradited back to San Bernardino County on Thursday, January 30, 2020 where he was booked into West Valley Detention Center. Banda was arraigned Friday, January 31, 2020 and is being held in lieu of a $25,000 bail.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME.

Refer: Detective B. Henry
Station: Morongo Basin Station
Case #: 201800663
Phone No. (760) 366-4175

JOHN McMAHON, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department