PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- Officials with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced Thursday that a warrant is out for the arrest of a man who allegedly cut off his electric monitoring device, prior to the last day of his trial for sexually exploiting minors.
According to a statement, Bryant Ozorio, 30, was found guilty by a jury, in absentia, for 10 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and was facing a minimum sentence of 100 years in prison.
"This defendant was permitted to be out in the community, though with an electronic monitor, while facing the possibility of a sentence of 100 years for possessing child pornography. This is not the first time a defendant has failed to appear when a conviction was imminent and prison likely," said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, in the statement.
Ozorio's current legal problems, according to officials, began in December 2016, after officers served a search warrant at his parent's home, where he was residing. An undercover operation into the sharing of child pornography files on the web led investigators to a computer that Ozorio was using. Thousands of images and videos featuring young girls were found on devices and drives belonging to Ozorio, with many of the victims appeared to be between five to 10 years of age.
Anyone with information on Ozorio's whereabouts should contact their local law enforcement authorities.