San Bernadino County Sheriff arrests Christopher Pate

DATE/TIME: Sunday, September 13, 2015 1050 hours

INCIDENT: Contact Minor for Sexual Acts, Elicit Obscene Matter from Minor

LOCATION: 1500 S Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264

VICTIM: Confidential

SUSPECT: Christopher Michael Pate, 20 years of age a resident of Morongo Valley

SUMMARY: On August 31, 2015, detectives from Specialized Investigations Division – Crimes Against Children Detail were contacted by Derry Police Department in New Hampshire regarding a twelve year old female receiving lewd photographs and messages from an adult male, Christopher Pate, who lives in Morongo Valley. Crimes Against Children detectives initiated an internet crimes investigation and learned Pate was conversing with the victim using various social media sites. Pate emailed nude photographs to the victim and elicited similar photographs from the victim. Pate also arranged to meet the victim at a waterpark in Palm Springs for the purposes of having sex and other lewd acts. Detectives collaborated with Derry Police Department, Palm Springs Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station and the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and obtained an arrest warrant for Pate. Pate arrived at the waterpark at the arranged meeting time in an older model Plymouth Voyager mini-van with items indicating he intended to complete the sex acts. Palm Springs Police Department arrested Pate for the warrant in the parking lot of the waterpark. Deputies from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Morongo Basin Station took custody of Pate and returned him to San Bernardino County for interviews and booking. A search warrant was served on Pate’s home at the 9000 Block of Ole Street, in Morongo Valley, and on his mini-van. Additional items were seized by detectives as evidence of the crime. Pate was booked at the Morongo Basin Jail Facility for violation of Penal Codes 288.4(B), Contact Minor with Intent to Commit Sexual Acts and 311.4(C), Elicit Obscene Matter. He is being held in lieu of $225,000 bail. Pate is scheduled for arraignment this afternoon in Morongo Basin Superior Court.

Detectives are releasing the booking photo of Christopher Pate as they believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective John Everman or Sergeant Dana Foster at Crimes Against Children Detail (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or www.wetip.com

Refer: Sergeant Dana Foster or Detective John Everman
Station: Crimes Against Children Detail
Phone No. (909) 387-3615
Case No. DR# 601500155 C#2015-177

John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department