PHOENIX - A Texas man has been indicted in a child molestation and internet pornography case in Arizona. Robert Canales is facing five counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of molestation of a child and three counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
"The indictment alleges that Canales was the individual that engaged in communications with Keri Harwood to purchase videos of Harwood sexually exploiting two children between May 1, 2017 and August 13, 2017. It is alleged that these videos were emailed to Canales in Texas and Canales paid Harwood for these videos," stated Mia Garcia of the Arizona Attorney General's office.
In August 2017, Harwood, 28, was accused of molesting two children in the bathroom of her New River home, recording video of the incidents and selling them online. She has pleaded not guilty in the case.
In October 2017, Canales, 31, was arrested at his parents' home in Sugarland, Texas. In December, he was extradited from Texas to Arizona. Garcia says a judge released Canales on a $150,000 bond at his initial appearance. His formal arraignment is scheduled for January 9, 2018.