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Posted on: June 9, 2023

Inmate Charged with Child Sex Crimes

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A Riley County Jail inmate has been arrested on child sex crime charges stemming from his involvement with a minor through video visitation while incarcerated.

Alvin Mason, 39, of Abilene was arrested on June 8, 2023, around 2:15 p.m. after officers found he abused his inmate video visitation privileges with a tablet by engaging in inappropriate acts with a 15-year-old girl through video visitation. Officers identified the crime while monitoring the device’s activity.

The tablets in the Riley County Jail are an extension of the video kiosks which are available to inmates for video visitation. They are facilitated through TurnKey Corrections.

Unlike other facilities, the tablets at the Riley County Jail do not have access to web browsers or social media, they are strictly used for video visitation, text messaging, and phone calls through TurnKey software.

All activity on the tablets is monitored and recorded.

This arrest holds charges of electronic solicitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a child, aggravated intimidation of a witness, contributing to a child’s misconduct, and promoting obscenity to a child.

Mason was being held in the Riley County Jail for multiple failure to appear charges with a bond of $201,000 at the time of the crimes.

The added charges hold a bond of $500,000. Mason remains confined with a total bond of $701,000.

Due to the nature of this crime, no further information will be released.

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