Man Accused of Teen’s Rape, Months After Prior Bust in Online Sex Predator Sting

Christopher Contreras booking photo following his arrest in Operation “COVID Chat Down.” Photo: Fresno County Sheriff’s Office

 

A 26-year-old man has been arrested for raping a teenager just months after he was busted in a sexual predator sting, according to the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office says Christopher Contreras of Fresno is responsible for raping a 15-year-old girl while he was out on bail following the sting.

Detectives carried out a search warrant at Contreras’ home, where they seized his electronic devices.

He faces charges of rape, trying to meet up with a minor for sex and committing a felony while out on bail.

Contreras had been out on bail following his arrest in late July during the undercover operation “COVID Chat Down, which targeted online predators as internet usage increased during the lockdown.

The Sheriff’s Office says Contreras was one of 34 men who were arrested for trying to arrange sex with a minor during the operation.

Contreras spent less than a day in jail and was released on August 1st after posting a bond of $1,000.

34 Central Valley men were arrested during Operation “COVID Chat Down.” . (Photo: Fresno County Sheriff’s Office.

During ‘Operation COVID Chat Down,’ detectives say they posed as 12 and 13-year-old children online to catch dozens of predators.

The 34 men arrested during the operation ranged from 19 to 63-years-old.

Most of the men arrested were able to bond out of jail because the bail schedule for their charges was set at just $5,000.