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PONTIAC — A former Pontiac man has been arrested in Surprise, Ariz., on child pornography charges as part of an investigation in Illinois.

U.S. marshals and Surprise police arrested Jay R. Pitchford, 37, on a felony warrant charging him with child pornography. Pitchford is in the Maricopa County jail in Phoenix, with bond set at $25,000 or his extradition to Livingston County.

His arrest was announced Tuesday by Illinois State Police, who said no further information would be released.

Pitchford was arrested Monday after an investigation by Illinois State Police, Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Livingston County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Child pornography is a Class X felony. Upon conviction, the charge carries a possible prison term of from six to 30 years.

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