TUCSON - Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced convicted registered sex offender Chad Andrew Berkley is back in custody after being on the run for more than two months. The U.S. Marshals arrested Berkley in Arivaca, AZ after tracking him through multiple states. Berkley is currently facing Sexual Exploitation of a Minor charges. A judge set Berkley's new bond at $500,000. He's currently being held in the Pima County Jail.
“Assisting our state and local partners in tracking down sex offenders is a priority of the U.S. Marshals Service because of the threat they pose on our communities,” stated David Gonzales, U.S. Marshal for the District of Arizona.
A judge issued an arrest warrant for Chad Andrew Berkley on January 26, 2016 after he failed to appear in Pima County Superior Court for a status conference hearing. In August 2015, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office indicted Berkley on 12 counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Berkley is accused of downloading child pornography and storing those images on his Google accounts and cell phone. After Berkley's arrest, a judge released him from jail on an $11,000 bond when he absconded. Berkley is also a convicted sex offender who pled guilty to a sexual offense involving a child in 2005.
Assistant Attorney General Jared Kreamer-Hope is prosecuting this case.
For additional information, members of the media may contact Mia Garcia, Director of Media Relations at (602) 339-5895 or Mia.Garcia@azag.gov.