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Letha Mae Montemayor, Lance Robert Fries, Arrested by ICE For Allegedly Molesting 13-Year-Old Girl. Pre-pubescent Boy Respectively

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Jane Doe a.k.a. Letha Mae Montemayor arrested (Immigration And Customs Enforcement via Facebook)

(WUSA) -- Thursday, WUSA 9 reporter Andrea McCarren told you about alleged pedophiles ICE investigators needed help finding. On Friday afternoon, ICE said it arrested a woman wanted in one of the cases, and a second suspect was arrested shortly after that.

The woman has been identified as 52-year-old Letha Mae Montemayor. ICE Homeland Security Investigation and Los Angeles police officers arrested her at approximately 7:30 p.m. about 10 hours after authorities released photographs of a woman and man wanted in a child sexual exploitation case.

A second suspect was arrested later Friday, and the child victim in the case identified. Lance Robert Fries, 43, of Tucson, was taken into custody at his attorney's North Tucson office without incident at approximately 1:45 p.m. Friday by ICE.

Fries faces potential federal charges of production of child pornography and is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court Monday.

Fries' arrest came after HSI released photographs Thursday of an unidentified man sought in connection with a child pornography case that involved the sexual exploitation of a pre-pubescent boy by an adult male. At approximately 11:15 p.m. Thursday, HSI special agents received a call to the ICE Tip Line regarding the suspect's possible identity.

Investigators were able to identify the victim and confirm that the boy is now safe. In order to protect the privacy of the victim, no further details are being released about his identity or relationship to the suspect.

Photos from about 11 years ago show a man and a woman sexually molesting a girl who appears to be 13 years old. The images were first discovered by HSI special agents in Chicago in 2007.

Police say they got a call on the ICE Tip Line about the woman's possible identity. Other leads and data helped them determine Montemayor was a suspect and they put her under surveillance. She was arrested outside an apartment complex in North Hills in the Los Angeles area. Police say her facial appearance and tattoos helped identify her.

Montemayor is charged with one count of production of child pornography.

Two other suspects are wanted for questioning in other child pornography investigations.

Anyone with information or tips can call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or visit www.ICE.gov/tips. Tips may be reported anonymously.

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