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Canadian Mounties' Tip Leads To Fairfield County Man's Child Porn Arrest

Eddie Zapata
Eddie Zapata Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

A 22-year-old Fairfield County man was arrested for "inappropriate internet communication” and child porn with a 13-year-old girl following a tip from the Canadian Mounted Police.

Eddie Zapata, of Norwalk, turned himself into police on Thursday, after two warrants were issued for his arrest, said Norwalk Police Lt. Terrence Blake.

He was charged with enticing a minor by computer, two counts of risk of injury/impairing the morals of a child, importing child pornography and possession of child pornography.

The investigation into Zapata's actions began after Norwalk police were contacted by Homeland Security regarding a referral from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police about Zapata's actions, Blake said.

Norwalk Detective Jim Thompson led the investigation which led to a search of Zapata's home on Jan. 23, Blake said.

A number of internet-capable devices were seized from the residence during that operation, Blake said.

An analysis of those devices by Norwalk Sgt. Nate Paulino confirmed the communication with the 13-year-old female from Canada had occurred, and also revealed additional internet communications with a 12-year-old female from Florida, he said.

Zapata is being held on $200,000 bond.

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